SpaceX Starship prototype rocket explodes on landing after test launch
WASHINGTON: A prototype of a SpaceX rocket the company hopes will one day journey to Mars crashed in a fiery explosion as it tried to land up after a test flight Tuesday.
It was the second such explosion after the last prototype of Starship met a similar fate in December.
"We had again another great flight," said a SpaceX announcer on live footage that was broadcast online.
"We've just got to work on that landing a little bit," he added.
The company's founder Elon Musk was uncharacteristically quiet on social media, having announced the night before he was "Off Twitter for a while."
The stainless steel rocket dubbed SN9 was cleared for lift-off from Boca Chica, Texas by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which had earlier delayed granting authorization after determining that SpaceX's last launch violated the terms of its license.
The rocket launched smoothly around 3:30 pm local time (2030 GMT) and progressively shut down its engines as it reached a height of 10 kilometers (six miles), then performed a series of test maneuvers in a horizontal "belly flop" position.
It was when the rocket attempted to return to a vertical position for landing that the problems began, with the footage showing it came in much too fast and at a bad angle.
It landed with a deafening crash, and exploded into b orange flames and a dust cloud, but the fire did not spread.
Tuesday's launch was delayed by several days over problems stemming from SpaceX's last Starship test on December 9, which also went up in flames.
if India was employ a pvt co for rocket launching...news will Modi Sold ISRO...LMAO
Soft landing procedure is a very important step towards development of spacex rockets.
The wall of curtain between success and multi failure mission of Aspacex Starship Prototype Rocket will fall ahead, but have to show concrete patient for this mission to achieve.
Half of ppl commenting as failure does not even know rockets does not land it is spacex quest in doing so.
what do you know about SpaceX work culture?? do you know they ask people to work like animal for 80-100 hours a week. no brain can think properly after working like this for weeks and months..
You must be kidding ? Every startup has this even in the one in which I am working, I had almost done 100 hr every week for last five years. And I doubt even you know about spacex culture , non US citizens cannot work there.
outsource the same to ISRO.
ISRO rockets does not land
Landing is difficult but watching those booster rockets coming back and landing on their own was zing.
Should have tied a lemon for safety
success i develo technology is always full of some failures . it requires lot of patience and learn from failures
Hope few fikthy rich was in and now dead ..
Ambitious, but make it safe.. landing has been a major issue for long, fix it well, many occasions it crash landed
This is only second time they tried to land full scale prototype of starship
Yeah so many falcons were dest yed before they mastered it. This is also destined to become a success eventually. And yeah ISRO is way backwards (like maruti 800 vs Tesla Model S) so yeah don't compare LOLOL
every failure inches towards the ultimate.
Great .. Musk needs to learn to have their people follow proper testing procedures instead of keep pushing them to work 20 hours a day to produce everything faster ..