SpaceX Starship prototype blows its top

SpaceX Starship prototype blows its top

SpaceX said today's incident caused no injuries and was not a serious setback. The explosion was captured on live streams from observers and shared on social media.

In a video taken on November 18, it appears that SpaceX is testing its new Starship prototype, with the Mk1 acing a pressure test done in SpaceX's laboratories in Southern Texas near Boca Chica.

"Drawing on an extensive history of launch vehicle and engine development programs, SpaceX has been rapidly iterating on the design of Starship with orbital-flight targeted for 2020".

The rocket was tipped to begin test flights by the end of 2019, but has now suffered a huge setback.

"This thing is going to take off, fly to 65,000 feet, about 20 kilometers, and come back and land, in about one or two months", he had said. It looks more like a rover designed for space exploration than a truck - and analogy in this case is particularly fitting, because the Cybertruck is clad in the same stainless steel alloy that Musk's other company SpaceX will use as the skin of its forthcoming Starship spaceship. SpaceX targets the first Starship flight to orbit in 2020.

The aerospace manufacturer is building another spacecraft codenamed Mark 2 at a manufacturing base that is in close proximity to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida alongside a launch stand at the NASA spaceport. But Musk now says the Mk-1 will be retired and the focus will turn to the Mk-3, which is not being built at Boca Chica.

In a respond to a Twitter client, CEO Elon Musk seemed to substantiate that the test rocket had "blown its prime off" all around the bottom test.

In a statement emailed to Gizmodo, SpaceX shrugged off the incident.

The Crew Dragon capsule already made its first voyage into space earlier this year, and is expected to make its first manned voyage sometime in the first quarter of next year.

But the company is not afraid of these failures.

On the Falcon-9, only the lower booster comes back to Earth after a flight; the upper-stage is expendable.

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