Starship Goes Boom: Watch SpaceX Rocket Explode Upon Landing

The previous test flight for SpaceX’s Starship prototype took place in December and resulted in the rocket’s highest and longest flight at the time. The Starship prototype Serial Number 8 (SN 8) reached around 40,000 feet altitude before exploding during its landing attempt.

The Starship prototype Serial Number 9 (SN 9) followed in the footsteps of its SN8 predecessor on Tuesday, when it exploded on impact during a high-altitude experimental launch in Boca Chica, Texas.

Video footage from the launch shows the stainless steel rocket’s botched landing attempt.

“We had, again, another great flight up … we’ve just got to work on that landing a little bit,” said SpaceX principal integration engineer John Insprucker following the event, as reported by CNBC. 

“So all told, another great [flight] — and a reminder, this is a test flight, the second time we’ve launched starship in this configuration,” he remarked. “We’ve got a lot of good data, and [achieved] the primary objective to demonstrate control of the vehicle and the subsonic reentry.”

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