A SpaceX Starship’s booster rocket exploded during a test, causing flames to erupt from the base of the rocket and smoke engulfing the complex.
In late 2020 and early 2021, SpaceX’s Starship experiments witnessed similar accidents.
The explosion now engulfed the base of the rocket in flames and engulfed the complex in heavy smoke. In the video taken at that time, the camera was also seen reaching.
Elon Musk announced this information today (July 12, 2022). The explosion occurred on a booster rocket developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX for the next-generation Starship spacecraft.
The accident happened yesterday (July 11, 2022) during a test run in Texas. Thus, Musk’s intention to launch Starship this year has suffered a setback.
“Unfortunately, a team of scientists is assessing the damage,” Musk said. After the explosion of the Super Heavy Booster 7 prototype, footage of the accident was released in a livestream recorded by the website NASA Spaceflight. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the accident.
“Going forward, we will not be doing spin start tests with 33 engines at once,” Elon Musk said on Twitter. The booster stood upright and then bolted to a test gantry.
The failure occurred in the middle of a static fire test campaign of a booster with a row of 33 Raptor engines at Boca Chica, Texas, to be used in an upcoming unmanned orbiter.
SpaceX is a fully-fledged starship, 394 feet (120 meters) tall, when attached to its superheavy first-stage booster, the test effort is aimed at making human spaceflight more affordable and routine.
SpaceX did not immediately comment on yesterday’s crash. The company did not immediately respond to a request by Reuters to ask whether the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would investigate the explosion.
In late 2020 and early 2021, four prototypes of SpaceX Starship were damaged during high-altitude test launches. The Starship prototype finally made a safe touchdown in May 2021.