A prototype of SpaceX’s Starship rocket exploded minutes after successfully launching and landing vertically, as intended, in a high-altitude experimental test from Boca Chica, Texas on Wednesday (March 3). It was the third such attempt to end in flames.
The Starship SN10 was a test model heavy-lift rocket developed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s private space company to carry humans and 100 tons of cargo on future missions to the moon and Mars.
In early February, the Starship SN9 blew up on its final descent, like the SN8 before it.
For Elon Musk, it was mixed news. The SN10 made it further than previous models in touching down in a vertical position. In a tweet responding to tempered congratulations from an admirer of his work, Musk replied, “RIP SN10, honorable discharge.”
News Source: DNA India