Published: Sun, November 24, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

RIP Starship: Elon Musk's Ambitious Spacecraft Prototype Ruptures During Testing

RIP Starship: Elon Musk's Ambitious Spacecraft Prototype Ruptures During Testing

SpaceX's Starship MK-1 prototype appears to have suffered a serious failure during testing at the company's Boca Chica Beach facility Tuesday afternoon.

A model of a SpaceX rocket meant to convey individuals to Mars has endured a significant disappointment during tests in Texas.

Despite being the end of Mk1, Musk says failing is actually part of the SpaceX story and model.

"[Mk-1] had some value as a manufacturing pathfinder, but flight design is quite different", Mr Musk told his legion of fans on social media. The body of the Cybertruck will be cold-rolled stainless steel, just like that of Starship, the 165-foot-tall (50 meters) spacecraft that SpaceX is developing to help humanity colonize Mars.

Starship, the new generation rocket of SpaceX, the space exploration company Elon Musk is CEO of, exploded during the test yesterday. The Starship Mk1's top bulkhead was blown away by the blast.

Mr Musk unveiled the Starship spacecraft in September, claiming it would be ready to carry humans to Mars within a few years. The founder added that the prototype will surely take off and fly to a total of 65,000 feet, about 20 kilometres and come back to earth in a span of one or two months.

Once deployed, Starship will be the world's most powerful launch vehicle, according to SpaceX.

However, in a statement, the Elon musk founded company stated that a decision was taken before the test on November 20 to use the Mark 1 prototype and instead they will work on a more complete version that will be created to reach the orbit.

Earlier this week, NASA announced it had selected SpaceX's Starship, Blue Origin's Blue Moon and three other commercial lunar lander companies to bid on proposals for its Artemis Moon program.

Reports suggest that the vehicle was undergoing a series of tests that could lead to an initial suborbital flight in the near future.

In the case of Starship, it and its booster, which is called the Super Heavy, will make a controlled landing following a mission.

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