Third time’s the charm? The SpaceX Starship SN10 prototype was successful today in taking off, flying to a 10-mile altitude, and successfully executing a soft and successful landing back on the pad in Boca Chica, TX.
Almost, anyway. The SN10 was listing after the landing, with fire down below. As the SpaceX team began its recovery operations, the ship succumbed to its injuries and exploded into a serious fireball.
Powered landings are hard. But we’re getting there…
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SpaceX calls Starship explosion a ‘rapid unscheduled disassembly’
“As if the flight test was not exciting enough, SN10 experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly shortly after landing. All in all a great day for the Starship teams – these test flights are all about improving our understanding and development of a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo on long-duration interplanetary flights, and help humanity return to the Moon, and travel to Mars and beyond,” SapceX reported.