Another unmanned rocket from the space company SpaceX crashed during a test. The prototype apparently had problems landing. SpaceX boss Elon Musk took it with humor.
After several setbacks, another unmanned rocket from the private space company SpaceX crashed during a test. A prototype of the new “Starship” missile apparently got out of control when it landed on Tuesday.
SpaceX boss Elon Musk took it on Twitter with humor: “At least the crater is in the right place,” he wrote with a view to the targeted landing site. It appears that one of the rocket’s engines had problems. “Something important happened shortly after the start of the landing process. We should find out what it was when we can examine the fragments later.”
The SpaceX rocket before it crashed: The rocket apparently got out of control when it landed on Tuesday. (Source: Gene Blevins / imago images)
Not the first crash
It’s not the first time SpaceX has had problems with a “Starship” test. The landing did not work out during two tests in December and February. In December, a prototype exploded on landing due to a problem with the fuel system.
At the beginning of February, a prototype fell to the ground on the test site because of a technical defect, apparently unchecked, and was engulfed in a ball of fire. Shortly afterwards, “Starship” landed safely – but then also went up in flames.
According to the plans of SpaceX founder Musk, the “Starship” rocket will one day transport cargo and people to the moon and Mars. The special feature: It should be completely reusable. To achieve this, she has to perform a turning maneuver in the air and then land back on the ground in a controlled manner. The rocket should also be used where there are neither launch ramps nor ideal landing sites – for example on Mars.