SpaceX Prototype EXPLODES During Launch Test in Texas

Pablo Tucker
June 2, 2020

The goal was to fly this SN4 prototype for short distances following static fire testing, but that clearly won't be possible now, as the vehicle appears to have been completely destroyed in the explosion following Friday's test, as you can see below in the stream from NASASpaceflight.com.

The first rocket was tested in 2019, Mk1 prototype, but was engulfed in flames during a cryogenic pressure test.

A prototype of SpaceX's next-bearing Starship exploded into a fireball during an engine test on Friday at the company's launch adroitness in Boca Raton, Texas.


The blast occurred after the test was already completed and was caused by a fuel leak, according to the broadcast.

Think your friends would be interested? Musk who spoke on the podcast days before the explosion stated that "I have redirected SpaceX's priorities to be very focused on the crew launch, so that's going to slow things down on the Starship front".

While the failure of the Starship prototype is not linked to the upcoming NASA mission, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk did tell Aviation Week that SpaceX planned to put a pause on Starship development while the company focused on its first crewed flight. Its successor SN was lost in similar test in February. The SN3 prototype, meanwhile, collapsed during testing in April. Today, the corporate ignited the principle Raptor engine on the most recent Starship prototype whereas holding the automobile down, a kind of take a look at often called a static fireplace.


The explosion comes as the company is counting down to another major launch on a different rocket.

Versions of the Starship ship tested before SN4 also failed.

The Starship disaster has no honest bearing on the historic "Launch America" event, due for this weekend, weather permitting.


The rocket launch has now been rescheduled for 3:22pm Saturday, but bad weather is still on the minds of the team, as there is currently a 50 percent probability Falcon 9 will head to space.

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