On February 28, late-night, SpaceX conducted a test of its Starship rocket, which failed. The next-generation rocket imploded on the firm’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas, spreading chunks of metal high into the air above. The rocket was loaded with a super-cooled propellant when it imploded. The footage was taken by a Twitter user Boca Chica Gal, in which it is looking like the test vehicle is a goner.
The video of the site shows that the test article crumpled up in pieces on the ground.
On Monday morning, the SpaceX CEO Elon Musk acknowledged the failure, joking that the company will “just buff it out.” He blamed the anomaly on a malfunctioning “puck” near the base of the rocket that “takes the engine thrust load.” As the SN1 prototype failed, Musk says the next prototype SN2 will be ready for testing within a few days.
Starship is one of the most ambitious projects of SpaceX which plans to build a city of 1 million people on Mars by 2050. In September 2019, Musk first unveiled the MK1 Starship prototype, which failed in tests just two months later. The successful engineer and technology entrepreneur, Musk declared his idea to send people to Mars using 1,000 Starships. He promised to make it available for all people. The company started to build various kinds of prototypes of the rocket at its take at facility in Boca Chica for the final couple of years.
Starship is the combination of SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft and 22-storey rocket booster Super Heavy rocket. It can lift 110 tons of cargo into low earth orbit. Musk has also claimed that Starship rocket can be used in future to travel on Earth, carrying passengers anywhere within an hour. Once successfully launched, Starship will become the most powerful launch system ever.