SpaceX rocket explodes on landing after test flight – Musk: “Mars we are coming!”
After a test flight, a prototype of the Starship rocket from the US space company SpaceX, owned by Tesla founder Elon Musk, exploded on landing. The missile went up in flames when it landed on a concrete slab near the launch pad in Boca Chica, Texas. The “Starship” prototype had previously climbed to a height of around 12.5 kilometers.
This was seen on the space company’s official live stream on Thursday night. «The pressure in the fuel tank was low during the landing, resulting in a high touchdown speed and RUD [rapid unscheduled disassembly, oder auch einfach Explosion, Anm. d. Red.] led, but we have all the data we need! Congratulations, SpaceX team, hell yeah! », Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, wrote on Twitter as a positive conclusion.
The altitude test was successful, the conversion to collection tanks worked and the flap control was precise up to the landing point.
On Tuesday, a start attempt was canceled only 1.3 seconds before the planned start due to a problem with the engine. In the previous tests, the prototypes were only shot up to around 150 meters. The aim of the experiments is to test individual elements of the new rocket. According to Musk’s plans, “Starship” will at some point transport cargo and people to the moon and Mars. “Mars, we’re coming,” said Musk after Wednesday’s test.
The SpaceX founder wants to make “Starship” completely reusable. In the current “Falcon” rockets from SpaceX, only part of the steps land back on earth to be used again. (jaw / sda / reu)
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