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SpaceX launches the fourth Starship prototype only to see it crash again

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Elon Musk isn’t giving up on his dreams and launches one more SpaceX Startship prototype. But this attempt was also a failure and the spacecraft crashed again.

This was the fourth Startship Prototype in less than four months. The Starship SN11 was launched at about 9 a.m. Eastern from the SpaceX’s Boca Chica test site in Texas. The weather conditions didn’t allow to see the vehicle that is why the SpaceX website of the flight relied on video from onboard cameras.

 

The video stopped 5 minutes and 46 seconds after the launch when the vehicle reignited its Raptor engines for landing.

“It looks like we’ve had another exciting test,” SpaceX’s John Insprucker said on the webcast, several minutes after the loss of video. “We’re going to have to find out from the team what happened.”

The Starship went up high as planned initially to 10 kilometers altitude.

“It looks like we’ve had another exciting test,” SpaceX’s John Insprucker said on the webcast, several minutes after the loss of video. “We’re going to have to find out from the team what happened.”

Regardless of the fog preventing from seeing the crash itself, the debris falling around the site showed that the test launch failed. It was also reportedly seen from the independent video.

Elon Musk later confirmed the destruction of the vehicle on twitter, saying, “At least the crater is in the right place!”

“Looks like engine 2 had issues on ascent & didn’t reach operating chamber pressure during landing burn, but, in theory, it wasn’t needed,” he added. “Something significant happened shortly after landing burn start. Should know what it was once we can examine the bits later today.”

Author: Usa Really