‘RIP SN11’: SpaceX’s Starship rocket EXPLODES on the launch pad which Elon Musk says was caused by ‘something important’ that happened after the landing burned shortly after the start of the landing burn ‘
- SpaceX lost its fourth Starship rocket on Tuesday, after its first test flight
- SN11 took off around 9:15 a.m. ET in a thick layer of fog covering the terrain
- The rocket climbed through the air, but the live stream froze after 2.5 minutes
- Cameras around the site capture the missile impact on the launch pad
SpaceX has lost its fourth Starship prototype after the launch of serial number 11 (SN11) that saw the rocket take off, disappeared in a thick layer of fog and crashed on the launch pad.
SN11 launched from the company’s testing facility in Boca Chica, Texas at around 9:15 a.m.ET, but 2.5 minutes after the first high-altitude test, the live stream froze and a commenter said, “ Starship 11 is not coming back, don’t wait for the landing. ‘
“Looks like we’ve lost all of the vehicle’s data.”
At the time of the announcement, SN11 was still floating through the air, but crashed moments later.
CEO Elon Musk released a statement on Twitter shortly after the incident in which he said, “ Engine 2 had problems taking off and did not reach the pressure in the workroom during landing, but in theory it was not necessary.
“Something important happened shortly after the take-off of the landing. If we only need to know what it was, we can review the pieces later in the day. ‘
NASASpaceFlight captured the event with cameras located near the launch pad that saw Starship SN11 “come down hard” and debris “flew past the camera near the launch pad.”
Sources at the site say the missile appeared to have rotated more on its axis than previous flights, suggesting that SN11 may have struggled during the belly-flop maneuver.
CEO Elon Musk released a statement on Twitter shortly after the incident saying, “ Engine 2 had problems taking off and did not reach workroom pressure during landing, but in theory it was not necessary
SpaceX was scheduled to launch SN11 on Friday, but scrubbed the mission late in the afternoon due to the dense fog covering the Boca Chica area.
However, the company continued on Tuesday, even though it appeared to be exactly the same again.
Fog covered the massive rocket while it was high on the launch pad, only revealing itself when it ignited its three Raptor engines that sent streams of fire from the base.
The SN11 took off and soared above the test facility as it attempted to reach a target six miles in the air.
SpaceX has lost its fourth Starship prototype after the launch of serial number 11 (SN11) which saw the rocket take off, disappeared in a thick layer of fog and crashed on landing
After 2.5 minutes of flying, SpaceX’s live stream froze, leaving the ground team and the world in the dark.
Moments later, a loud bang was heard, the sky lit up around the launch pad and debris began to fall from the sky.