The SpaceX Starship prototype crashes while attempting to land after another clean, unscrewed take-off
The latest SpaceX prototype of its Starship rocket was destroyed in an attempt to land after a clean launch on Tuesday.
The company’s livestream of the flight test froze as the rocket landed, and thick fog around SpaceX’s Texas facility made it difficult for witnesses to see what had happened.
The spaceship prototype Serial Number 11 or SN11 reached its target altitude of approximately 10 kilometers, or approximately 32,800 feet. The rocket is made of stainless steel and represents the early versions of the rocket introduced in 2019. Elon Musk’s company develops Starship with the goal of bringing cargo and people on missions to the moon and Mars.
Musk tweeted about half an hour after the test that “at least the crater is in the right place!”
“Something significant happened just after we landed. If we know what it was, we can examine the parts later today,” Musk said.
John Insprucker, SpaceX’s chief integration engineer, noted that the thick fog in the area prevented the company from showing camera views beyond those of the rocket itself.
“The frozen view we saw on the camera doesn’t mean we were waiting for the signal. Starship 11 is not coming back. Don’t wait for the landing,” Insprucker said. “We seem to have lost all the data on the vehicle and of course the team is not on the landing pad, so we’ll be out there and see what we had.”