SpaceX Starship SN4 prototype explodes after engine test in Texas

02 Juin, 2020, 01:37 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • A SpaceX rocket has broken out in a breathtaking fireball after a test

A fireball envelops the prototype SpaceX Starship rocket during ground tests in Boca Chica, Texas, on Friday in a still image obtained from YouTube.

SpaceX successfully test-fired the Starship SN4 vehicle yesterday as part of its preparations for an upcoming launch test that could have carried the rocket about 150 meters up. The test was purposely conducted for the development of Starship, SpaceX's new spacecraft.

SpaceX is not having the best of luck this week - first the Falcon 9 launch was scrubbed Wednesday and now the firms' a prototype Starship rocket has exploded. Additional reports reveal that SpaceX has been permitted by the FAA to have reusable launch vehicle missions.

There's no word on what may have caused the failure, but as Chris Bergin of NasaSpaceFlight.com notes, they already have the SN5 build ready to test.

The failure comes days after SpaceX had to abort the blastoff of their Falcon 9 rocket, in what would have been the first manned launch from United States soil in nine years.

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Versions of the Starship ship tested before SN4 also failed. This will be the first ever flight of a private spacecraft with two astronauts on the global space station.

The explosion was unrelated to SpaceX's planned launch this weekend of two NASA astronauts from Florida's Kennedy Space Center using a different rocket system, the Falcon 9 with the Crew Dragon capsule fixed on top. The rocket was created to be reusable, so SpaceX can launch and land it several times, not unlike a commercial airplane.

A fourth prototype of SpaceX's subsequent era Starship rocket exploded proper after a take a look at on the firm's south Texas take a look at website on Friday.

NASA's livestream recorded the explosive moment during tests created to rush the 394ft metal rocket into flight. The Test comes only a day before the historic launch of the astronauts to ISS.

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