SpaceX’s Starship rocket explodes

Published on March 5, 2021 by

The SpaceX company has managed to land one of its Starship prototypes at the end of a high-altitude test flight.

Serial Number 10 (SN10) touched down – unlike its predecessors SN8 and SN9, which crashed into the ground – but that wasn’t the end of the story.

A fire then developed around its base and eight minutes later SN10 blew itself apart on the landing pad.

SpaceX envisages Starships replacing its existing Falcon rockets. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the new 50m-tall Starship will do it all, launching satellites and carrying passengers, both around the Earth and to off-world destinations such as the Moon and Mars.

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