SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test at the Company's Texas Coast Facility

SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test at the Company's Texas Coast Facility

SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test at the Company's Texas Coast Facility

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

One day before SpaceX's Crew Dragon is due to carry two astronauts on the first crewed mission from US soil to the International Space Station, Elon Musk's company prototype Starship was destroyed in a mid-test explosion in Boca Chica, Texas. The Elon Musk-led space company has already conducted similar tests, but previously used its "Starhopper" early prototype, which was smaller than the planned production Starship, and much more rudimentary in design.

The unrelated launch scheduled tomorrow from Florida's Kennedy Space Center uses a different rocket system, the Falcon 9 with the Crew Dragon capsule fixed on top.

SpaceX's Starship SN4 rocket prototype explodes on its test stand near Boca Chica, Texas on May 29, 2020.

Had the Starship prototype remained intact, SpaceX had plans to fly the vehicle on a low-altitude flight test in the coming days.

Though this Starship was designed by the company to replace its Falcon Heavy and Falcon 9 rocket, it is not considered yet as it is still in the early development stage.

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Despite first appearing to be another successful test, just seconds later the prototype is engulfed in flames, completely destroying the rocket. On May 28 th, the Federal Aviation Administration approved Space X a certificate to carry out "suborbital reusable launch vehicle missions" with the lorry out of BocaChica The FAA additionally positioned air limitations over the launch website for June 1st, stopping automobiles from flying listed below 26,000 feet over the location.

There's something of a clock that SpaceX is working against: It was one of three companies that received a contract award from NASA to develop and build a human lander for the agency's Artemis program to return to the Moon.

All of the previous vessels also imploded during testing.

The mission, called 'Launch America, ' was set to take astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station.

The prototype that exploded was the fourth version of the Starship spacecraft.

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