Why SpaceX Starship exploded on first test flight?

April 21, 2023  10:35

SpaceX Starship was successfully launched Thursday during it first test flight, rose to a height of 39 km, but in the third minute of the flight, the second stage of the spacecraft did not separate from the first as planned, and an explosion occurred. SpaceX said the explosion was no accident, and it took place by order of specialists of the mission control center.

During the flight, the rocket went off course and began to spiral, and experts realized that there was a problem with its engines and ordered the spacecraft to self-destruct.

"The vehicle experienced multiple engines out during the flight test, lost altitude, and began to tumble. The flight termination system was commanded," says the official statement of SpaceX.

The company added that the launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, and the surrounding area will be closed until Friday.

According to available information, the next rocket will be ready for launch in a few months.

As per the original plan, the Super Heavy rocket was supposed to land in the Gulf of Mexico, about 30 kilometers from Boca Chica Beach, and the Starship was supposed to separate from the rocket about three minutes after takeoff and develop a speed close to orbital, then it was supposed to fall In the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Hawaii.

The specialists of the company do not consider what happened as a failure. The rocket flew successfully, and everything that happened next will give scientists valuable data to improve the system and prepare it for the next launch.

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