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Spacex Explodes

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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The fourth prototype of SpaceX next generation Starship rocket exploded right after test at the company's South Texas test site on Friday. Shortly after SpaceX ignited the engine on test rocket, massive fireballs engulf vehicle in flames, leaving very little hardware still standing and apparently causing damage to the test site. The failed test came just days before SpaceX is set to perform an unrelated launch for NASA that will send two astronauts to the International Space Station. That historic mission will take place out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, on SpaceX workhorse Falcon 9 rocket, which has flown close to 100 times before. While the failure of the Starship prototype is not linked to the upcoming NASA mission, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told Aviation Week that SpaceX plans to put a pause on Starship development while the company focuses on its first Crew flight. I have redirected SpaceX priorities to be very focused on Crew Launch, Musk told Aviation Week during a podcast interview published on May 26. So that is going to slow things down on the Starship front. The prototype that just exploded is meant to test out design for SpaceX future Starship, giant rocket company that wants to create to send people to deep space destinations like the Moon and Mars. Spacex has been building various test versions of Starship down at a company work site in Boca Chica, Texas. Today, company ignited the main Raptor engine on the latest Starship prototype while holding the vehicle down, type of test know as static fire. It was the fifth static fire test SpaceX had conducted over the last couple of weeks. The explosion marks yet another failure that destroyed the Starship prototype. Spacex already lost three previous test versions of vehicle during pressurized tests that either caused vehicles to burst or implode. This particular Starship gets further along in the testing process than others. With this latest failure, it seems unlikely that anything is salvageable, and there seems to be some damage to the area surrounding the test site, too. It was unclear if anyone was hurt in the explosion. Spacex does not respond to requests for comment before publication. Had the Starship prototype remained intact, SpaceX had plans to fly the vehicle on low - altitude flight test in coming days. On May 28, Federal Aviation Administration granted SpaceX license to conduct suborbital reusable Launch vehicle missions with vehicle out of Boca Chica. Faa also placed air restrictions over the launch site for June 1, preventing vehicles from flying below 26 000 feet over the area. Now, those restrictions will likely be lifted as SpaceX works on its next prototype.

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