SpaceX Starship explosion: The unmanned Starship spacecraft launched on Saturday (November 18) by SpaceX, the company of the world’s richest man Elon Musk, became the victim of an accident. It was designed to take astronauts to the Moon and beyond. It had its second test flight on Saturday, during which it exploded after an initial attempt.
The two-stage rocket, which launched from SpaceX’s Starbase facility near Boca Chica, Texas, reached an altitude of about 55 miles (90 kilometers) during the 90-minute space flight as planned. However, the first stage booster exploded over the Gulf of Mexico shortly after successful separation from its core stage.
After this the primary starship booster continued its trajectory in space. However, about 10 minutes into the flight, the SpaceX Mission Control broadcaster reported a sudden loss of contact with the vehicle.
What did SpaceX say about the accident?
Regarding the explosion, SpaceX said in a post on social media platform Continued for several minutes while leaving.
The booster experienced rapid unscheduled disassembly shortly after stage separation, while Starship’s engines remained running for several minutes en route to space.
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) 18 November 2023
The company said, “Success comes from what we learn with tests like this, and today’s test will help us improve the reliability of Starship as SpaceX wants to make life multiplanetary.”
It is to be used for Moon and Mars missions
The primary goal of this test flight was to successfully lift Starship off the ground and take it into space just below Earth’s orbit. Its long-term vision includes NASA using this spacecraft to return to the Moon in the coming decade and eventually launch missions to Mars.
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