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World's Largest Rocket SpaceX Starship Flight Test Explodes Mid-Air

The world’s largest and most powerful rocket ever built, SpaceX Starship blasts off on flight test, minutes after it spirals out of control and explodes in mid-air.

World's Largest Rocket SpaceX Starship Test Flight Explodes

Elon Musk's company SpaceX has launched the largest rocket ever developed - known as Starship - during its first test run in the US. Just minutes after the launch, it was apparent the maiden voyage was nearing its end as Starship began to spiral out of control. SpaceX founder Elon Musk tried to temper expectations before the launch by claiming that just getting the rocket off the ground would be a successful first mission run.

The enormous Starship roared off a launch pad in southern Texas today and then exploded before it reached space, ending the first major test flight of the largest rocket ever built. Starship and its booster cleared the launch pad and soared to 39 kilometres high, then rotated out of control and blew up four minutes into flight, before the two could separate as planned. “Obviously, this is not a nominal situation,” said John Insprucker, principal integration engineer for the company SpaceX, which built Starship, on a webcast of the launch attempt.

Still, the fact that it got off the launch pad, powered by up to 33 engines firing in synchrony, marks a substantial step beyond what SpaceX has been able to do so far with its most ambitious rocket. “Starship gave us a rather spectacular end to what was a truly incredible test,” Insprucker said later.

Future Starship flights are meant to kick off a new era of space exploration, including sending humans to the Moon and Mars, and could enable new types of astrophysics and planetary science. The rocket was uncrewed on this first test flight.

Source: nature.com

SpaceX's Starship is a fully reusable, two-stage rocket system designed to transport humans and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and beyond. The Starship consists of a large spacecraft, known as the Starship, which sits atop a powerful rocket booster, known as the Super Heavy.

The Starship spacecraft is designed to carry up to 100 passengers and cargo to space, and it is capable of traveling to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. It stands at approximately 50 meters tall and is made of stainless steel.

The Super Heavy rocket booster is the first stage of the Starship system and is designed to provide the initial thrust needed to get the Starship spacecraft off the ground. It stands at approximately 70 meters tall and is also made of stainless steel.

The Starship system is still in development, with numerous test flights conducted by SpaceX. Once operational, it is expected to significantly reduce the cost of space transportation and enable the colonization of other planets.

 



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