An unmanned rocket of SpaceX exploded on the ground on Wednesday a few minutes after making what appeared to be a successful flight and landing.
Was the third consecutive error of the prototype of the rocket Starship, which SpaceX hopes to one day send to the Moon and Mars. The last two test flights ended in accidents during landing.
The prototype, identified as SN10, had decoded at 23:20 GMT from Boca Chica, Texas, for its third suborbital test flight.
As seen in the SpaceX video, this time the rocket appeared to have landed correctly after its flight, which meant that the company led by Elon Musk finally he got his goal.
Unlike previous attempts, this time the engineers didn’t have too much trouble to Starship will return to the surface in “good” condition. Nevertheless, the ship exploded some after.
“A magnificent landing”SpaceX commented in the video that broadcast the test flight live. However, at the foot of the ship, flames were seen that were extinguished by the equipment in the place and a few minutes later the apparatus exploded and shattered.
While the final destination of the Starship SN10 was the same as its predecessors, the SN8 and SN9, the most recent prototype will be able to boast – in another life – that it touched the ground in one piece.
According to specialized sites, SpaceX will release more details in the coming days about the reasons behind the explosion.
Starship SN10 test had had some hiccups. Hours before takeoff, SpaceX aborted the activity at the last minute. Fortunately the aerospace company rescheduled the test for the same day.
Beyond the final explosion, the test aimed reach 10 kilometers of altitude, which was achieved. The Starship SN10 reached the desired figure and all three Raptor engines performed as expected.
Once Starship began the descent, SpaceX engineers relied on other thrusters to stabilize the spacecraft. At one point it fell completely horizontal, so it was necessary to restart the Raptor engines. so that its momentum helps to position and keep it vertical. All of these steps were accomplished as planned, which the SN8 and SN9, which crashed on landing in December and then in early February, had failed.
The tests are carried out in a Near-desert area leased by SpaceX in the southern tip of Texas, near Mexico and on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. The area is wide enough not to cause damage or casualties.
Musk imagines that one day You can launch several ships to conquer Mars. However, if it becomes operational, in principle the rocket would serve shorter flights, especially to the Moon.
With information from AFP