SpaceX’s Starship Mark 1 prototype rocket has partially exploded during a pressure test. This happened in Boca Chica, Texas.
The incident took place yesterday, November 20, afternoon, and it was captured on live-streamed video.
Business Insider reveals that during the test, the upper portion of the rocket blew apart, and heavy plumes of smoke flowed from the prototype.
According to the website mentioned above, “The purpose of today’s test was to pressurize systems to the max, so the outcome was not completely unexpected,” a SpaceX spokesperson told The Verge.
The rep also added that “There were no injuries, nor is this a serious setback.”
Its’ been also revealed that the rocket managed to remain stationary and upright following this unfortunate event and it was not clear right away whether it could be saved or not.
Musk addressed what happened
It’s also worth noting that CEO Elon Musk said that SpaceX would build a few versions of the Starship, which include a Mark 2 and Mark 3 prototypes.
He was asked on social media whether the SpaceX would go on with the Mark 3 iteration:
“Starship MK-1 appears to have blown its top off during a pressure test today. My guess… this will be a good time for @spacex to move onto their next, more refined and higher quality versions (MK-2/3) instead of reparing MK-1. @elonmusk, any chance you’ll just move onto MK-3?”
Here’s what Musk answered:
“Absolutely, but to move to Mk3 design. This had some value as a manufacturing pathfinder, but flight design is quite different.”
Someone toldMusk the following: “A great Soviet designer of rocket guidance systems Nikolay Pilyugin said once: “A single failed launch teaches us more about a system and about how to operate it than 10 trouble-free launches.” Hope this test will be helpful too!”
We also recommend that you check out the video above to see the explosion.