SpaceX booster rocket explodes in flames during test launch

A booster rocket developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX for the next-generation Starship spacecraft burst into flames during a ground-test firing in Texas on Monday, a potential setback for Musk’s aim to launch Starship into orbit this year. Put.

“Yeah, not really good. The team is assessing the damage,” Musco said on twitter After an early evening explosion of the Super Heavy Booster 7 prototype, as seen in a livestream recorded by the NASA spaceflight website.

There was no immediate sign of injuries.

The explosion, in a ball of flames and heavy smoke that engulfed the base of the rocket and shook the video camera, was typical of the engine spin start test, Musk said Tuesday.

“Going forward, we will not conduct spin start tests with all 33 engines at once,” he Said on Twitter.

The booster stood upright, later hitting a test gantry.

The failure came in the middle of a day-long static fire test campaign in Boca Chica, Texas of the booster, which is equipped with an array of 33 Raptor engines for use in SpaceX’s upcoming uncrewed orbital test flight, which is expected to launch later this year. hopefully.

SpaceX’s entire Starship, which will be 394 feet tall with its super-heavy first-stage booster, is the company’s next-generation launch vehicle at the heart of Musk’s ambitions to make human space travel more affordable and routine.

Booster rocket launch begins.
The booster rocket was developed by SpaceX for its next generation Starship spacecraft.
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Booster Rocket.
The detonation was typical for the engine spin start test.
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Smoke from the rocket.
The booster stood upright, hitting a test gantry.
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SpaceX did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Monday’s explosion.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also did not immediately respond when asked if it would investigate the explosion.

Flames from rockets.
The explosion engulfed the base of the rocket in flames and heavy smoke.
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In late 2020 and early 2021, SpaceX lost four prototypes of the Starship itself in a series of high-altitude testing when return landing attempts ended in explosions. The Starship prototype finally made a safe touchdown in May 2021.

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