SpaceX rocket prototype blows up after landing


Collage by Ashley Johnson

The SpaceX SN10 test run had an unfavorable ending, but provided a lot of information making this year’s space launch look probable.

On March 3rd, SpaceX founder and billionaire, Elon Musk, launched his third Starship prototype, which had seemed successful, until it blew up minuets after landing.

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Billionaire, Elon Musk (pictured above), hopes for more reoccurring launches into space to take place once the Starship is made and launched by the end of this year. (“Elon Musk” by jdlasica is licensed under CC BY 2.0)

The newest addition, Starship, to the SpaceX name launched in Boca Chica, Texas with a high altitude test blast-off that had seemed successful once it took flight and was in the air. The Starship, named SN10, had made an impressionable launch up, which was noted as quicker than a usual rocket’s launch time. It also was supposed to fly itself back down to earth and land upright (the first of the Starship models to do so). On the way back down, however, the rocket had seemingly been effected by something on it’s trip up that made it land on a tilted scale, and flames visible towards the bottom of the rocket. 8 minuets after landing, SN10 caught more fire and ultimately blew up. For Musk, the news gave mixed reactions, since the Starship alone was successful in what it was tested to do, but the landing proved the Starship needed more improvement (and that the third time isn’t always a charm). SpaceX engineer and live-feed narrator John Insprucker had commented on the launch by stating that, “We’ve had a successful soft touchdown on the landing pad that’s capping a beautiful test flight of Starship 10. As a reminder, the key point of today’s test flight was to gather the data of controlling the vehicle while re-entering, and we were successful in doing so.”

The prototype for the Starship rocket had no complications when it first began take-off. (Screenshot by Ashley Johnson via Youtube)

The SpaceX starship was created by Musk with the goal to carry humans and 100 pounds of cargo to the Moon and Mars in future missions, and also create a stable enough rocket that will bring humans more frequently into space with more affordable prices to do so. The Starship prototype is meant to be turned into a full Starship rocket, which is set to stand at 394 feet high, and be a fully reusable launch vehicle.

The SN10 prototype was blown apart due to the fire, pressure, and system failure. (Screenshot by Ashley Johnson via YouTube)

At the end of this year, Musk is looking towards sending the rocket into space to return in Spring 2021, which would make it the longest human space mission launched from the United States. Following that mission, Musk has also stated that in the works of it all, he plans to send Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, and other civilians on a mission entirely around the moon in 2023.

Watch the rocket in live action below.

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