Unmanned rocket SpaceX exploded on the ground Minutes after what appeared to be a successful flight and landing on Wednesday.
Was The third consecutive bug in the prototype of a rocket called the Starship, SpaceX hopes to send it to the moon and Mars one day. The last two test flights ended in accidents while landing.
The prototype, identified as the SN10, was decoded from Boca Chica, Texas, at 23:20 GMT for its third sorbitol test flight.
As seen in the SpaceX video, this time The rocket appeared to have landed exactly after its flight, This means The Elon Musk-led company finally He reached his goal.
Unlike previous attempts, this method does not have much difficulty for engineers The starship will return to the surface in “good” condition. However, The ship exploded some time later.
“A wonderful landingSpaceX commented on the video that aired live on the test aircraft. However, at the bottom of the ship, flames were found extinguished by equipment at the scene, a few minutes later The machine exploded and shattered.
The ultimate target of the starship SN10 is its predecessors SN8 and SN9, The most recent prototype can be proud of – in another life – it touched the ground in one piece.
According to special sites, SpaceX will release more details on the reasons behind the explosion in the coming days.
There were some hiccups in the Starship SN10 test. Just hours before takeoff, SpaceX shut down at the last minute. Fortunately the space company reconsidered the test on the same day.
Beyond the final eruption, the test is intended Can reach an altitude of 10 km, which is achieved. The Starship SN10 reached the desired number and all three Raptor engines performed as expected.
As the starship descent began, SpaceX engineers relied on other motives to stabilize the spacecraft. At one point it fell completely horizontal, so it was necessary to restart the Raptor engines. So it helps to stabilize its speed and keep it vertical. All of these operations were carried out as planned, with the failed SN8 and SN9 failing to land in December and then early February.
Tests are carried out on a On the southern tip of Texas, near Mexico, and on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico near the desert that SpaceX leased. This area is wide enough not to cause damage or loss of life.
Kasturi imagines that one day You can launch several ships to conquer Mars. However, if it comes into operation, in principle the rocket will serve shorter aircraft, especially the moon.
With information from AFP