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SpaceX's latest Starship prototype exploded just after engine test Friday, erupting into dramatic fireball at the Spaceflight company's South Texas proving grounds. Starship SN4 prototype exploded at about 1: 49 PM CDT at SpaceX's test facility near Boca Chica, Texas, according to video provided by South Padre Island tourism site spadre. Com. The explosion occurred about a minute after short test of its Raptor rocket engine, but it was unclear what caused the conflagration. SpaceX successfully test-fire Starship SN4 vehicle yesterday as part of its preparations for an upcoming launch test that could carry a rocket about 500 feet up. That same day, SpaceX received launch license for its Starship tests from the Federal Aviation Administration. As its name suggest, Starship SN4 vehicle is the latest in a series of stainless steel prototypes SpaceX has built to test technologies required for truly massive Space launch system: 165-foot-tall Starship rocket and its Super Heavy megabooster. That vehicle is one SpaceX hopes will carry up to 100 people at a time to Space and, eventually, on to Mars. Last month, NASA picked SpaceX's Starship as one of three commercial spacecraft that could land astronauts on the Moon for the agency's Artemis program in 2024. While several of Starship prototypes have exploded, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said the company is committed to learning from each test and forging ahead. The company's first prototype, Starship Mk1, was destroyed during a pressure test in November 2019. Its successor SN1 was lost in a similar test in February. The next iteration, SN2, successfully passed that pressure test in March. The SN3 prototype, meanwhile, collapsed during testing in April. Musk later said that leaky valves were the culprit and that it would be fixed on the next vehicle. Starship SN4 was by far the longest-live and most-test Starship prototype to date. Today's static-fire engine test was fifth for vehicle, most of any to date. SpaceX was already building another Starship prototype, SN5, at the time of today's SN4 failure. That vehicle will likely take center stage for the company's next round of tests. You can see another view of the explosion in the video below from nasaspaceflight. Com. SpaceX's Starship SN4 explosion came as the company is counting down to another major launch on a different rocket. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocketand Crew Dragon spacecraft are scheduled to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in a historic test flight. The mission, called Demo-2, is currently set to launch no earlier than Saturday at 3: 22 PM EDT from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It will be SpaceX's first human spaceflight, and the first orbital crew launch from the United States since NASA's Space shuttle fleet retired in July 2011. Bad weather prevented the Demo-2 mission's initial launch attempt on Wednesday. SpaceX has backup days through Sunday before likely standing down for a few days, NASA officials have say. Email Tariq Malik at tmalik Space.

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