On Wednesday, Elon Musk space company SpaceX had launched their Starship prototype which later exploded while attempting to land and this happened after an otherwise successful test launch from Boca Chica, Texas, where their company’s rocket facility is located.
In the accident, the Starship rocket which got exploded was a 16-story-tall prototype for the heavy-lift launch vehicle that was made by the second richest man Elon Musk‘s private aerospace company that will send humans and 100 tons of cargo to the moon and Mars.
SpaceX’s rocket had blown up as soon as it touched down on a landing pad after a controlled descent. They planned to send the test flight to an altitude of 41,000 feet, with the help of three new Raptor engines which were developed by the company for the first time. But SpaceX has no idea that did the rocket really reached that high.
Immediately after the incident, the CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk had tweeted, “Fuel header tank pressure was low during landing burn, causing touchdown velocity to be high & RUD, but we got all the data we needed! Congrats SpaceX team hell yeah!!”
Elon’s space company had first time launch their Starship on Tuesday, but since there was an issue with its Raptor engines forced an automatic abort one second before liftoff.
After the Starship rocket is mated with its super-heavy first-stage booster it will stand 394-feet (120.09 meters) tall, and this is SpaceX’s next-generation fully reusable launch vehicle.
Elon’s private space company has been awarded $135 million (roughly Rs. 1,000 crores) by NASA so that the company can easily develop Starship, alongside competing vehicles from rival ventures Blue Origin which is a space company owned by the CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos, and Leidos-owned Dynetcis.
The three companies are competing for future contracts to build the moon landers under NASA’s Artemis program, which requires a series of human lunar exploration within the next decade.