SpaceX’s Starship Prototype was exploded shortly after it made its successful landing on 3rd March 2021 for the first time after a high-altitude flight test.
The reason for the explosion of the prototype was not immediately clear. However, it was being referred “Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly” by SpaceX.
Space Exploration test flew the Starship rocket Serial Number 10 (SN10) and it has aimed to launch the prototype at the height of 10 km or at around 32,800 feet altitude. The rocket was not carrying any passengers on board because it was a development vehicle and it flies autonomously. The last two prototypes namely the SN8 and SN9 reached to the high altitudes in December 2020 and February 2021 but they slammed into ground at Boca Chica (SpaceX South Texas launch site) and got exploded. Each of these three test flights lasted for around 6 minutes.
About SpaceX Starship system
SpaceX Starship system is a fully reusable, 2-stage-to-orbit heavy-lift launch vehicle. It is developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The system comprises of a booster stage called Super Heavy. The second stage of the vehicle is called as Starship. The second stage of the vehicle was designed as a long-duration cargo. The SpaceX Starship system also comprises of a passenger-carrying spacecraft. It will serve as second stage as well as the in-space long-duration orbital spaceship. the development of engine for this system was started in the year 2012 while the starship development started in the year 2016. This is a self-funded private spaceflight project. Testing of the second stage Starship started in the year 2019.
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