Published: Fri, November 22, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

SpaceX Starship prototype partially explodes during test

SpaceX Starship prototype partially explodes during test

In what the corporate claims is "not a severe setback", the Mark I prototype of SpaceX's Starship launch auto exploded throughout a take a look at on Wednesday. The incident happened yesterday (20 November 2019) at around 4:30 pm US Eastern time (9:30 pm GMT) at the Boca Chica test site in the US state of Texas.

Musk had revealed the Starship prototype also called the Mark 1 during an event at the Boca Chica test facility on September 28 and added that the SpaceX will launch on a test flight within a few months.

SpaceX said in a statement that there were "no injuries, nor is this a serious setback".

Video captured by area residents shows the stainless steel pillar erupting, shooting off the top of the test vehicle, and billowing white gas from the liquid nitrogen it was being pressurized with.

"The goal of today's test was to maximize the systems", said SpaceX spokesman.

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It served as the backdrop for Musk's annual update on Starship, SpaceX next-generation personnel transportation system. Super Heavy, the large rocket created to take Starship into Earth's low orbit, is equipped with 37.

As for next steps, the plan appears to be to take what Starship Mk1 has taught SpaceX so far and proceed with the next iteration of the prototype spacecraft - Starship Mk3.

Currently, SpaceX is building Mk2 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, where the team has already made changes based off the original Mk1 design.

With a height of 400 feet, the Starship vehicle will be replacing Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy rockets along with the Crew Dragon spacecraft that is being manufactured by the company to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and back to earth. Following the explosion, Elon Musk said on Twitter that SpaceX could no longer fly this prototype, but instead would continue its flight tests with a newer and more up-to-date model. On to the next version of Starship!

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