SpaceX Starship rocket engines exploded due to test failure

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SpaceX’s Starship program ran into trouble after a test ended in a fiery explosion at its Boca Chica plant in Texas on Monday night. The tests were conducted using a prototype of the space company’s Super Heavy launch vehicle, which is designed to provide the extra lift needed to propel the Starship spacecraft into and out of orbit.

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This prototype launcher has 33 large SpaceX Raptor engines on board, and the test was specifically designed to spin up the engines to preview what the launch sequence would look like before the actual launch. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk first tweeted that the apparently disastrous test had ended as expected, but that tweet was quickly deleted and Musk instead acknowledged that it was “not good”.

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NASA spaceflight received video footage of the fireball resulting from the failed test that started a fire on the launch pad that was subsequently extinguished, no casualties were reported.

Starship plans to conduct its first orbital flight this year, although the incident could push back a timeline that has already experienced a number of delays. The FAA repeatedly delayed issuing the required environmental impact assessment of the Starship launch from the so-called SpaceX Starbase site in Boca Chica, but in the end,released a report in Junewhich requires a number of steps from SpaceX to mitigate its impact, but largely eliminates proposed flights.




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