SpaceX Starship SN11 explodes before landing during test

SpaceX Starship SN11 explodes before landing during test
SpaceX Starship SN11 explodes before landing during test

Update (04/04/2021) – BB

The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, revealed earlier this Monday (05) what was the reason for the explosion of the SN11 spacecraft prototype. According to the engineer, a methane leak in one of the vehicle’s engines led to the accident.

The explosion happened last Tuesday (30), during a test carried out by the company in its launch space in Boca Chica, in the state of Texas. After a successful launch, a failure of the vehicle led to its explosion as it started to return to the ground.

According to Elon Musk, this failure was caused by a small gas leak in Spaceship SN11 engine 2:

Ascension phase, transition to horizontal and control during free fall were good.

A (relatively) small leak of CH4 [metano] took fire to engine 2 and fried part of the avionics, causing a difficulty at the beginning of the landing attempt on the CH4 turbine pump.

This will be corrected in some way.

After the completion of development and all tests, the SpaceX starship will feature 28 Raptor propellants in its first stage – which will be a Falcon Super Heavy rocket – and six more of them in the spacecraft. SpaceX guarantees that it will be able to transport 100 metric tons of cargo into Earth’s orbit.

Original text (03/30/2021)

Shortly after the launch of the Starship SN10 prototype, which exploded shortly after landing due to an engine problem, SpaceX continues to carry out tests with rocket models.

The last attempt, however, was also not promising in terms of landing. The Starship SN11 ended up exploding even before hitting the ground, at a height of 500 meters. Check out:

SpaceX plans to place the SN11 rocket in Earth orbit in July this year. The company conducted a live broadcast of the test flight, which took place in Boca Chica, United States, at around three in the afternoon.

Due to a heavy fog in the place, which has been present since the early hours of the morning, it is difficult to pinpoint which anomaly affected the landing circuit of the Starship SN11.

The launch of the rocket at high altitude was apparently positive, but the fog did not allow for very impressive visuals. The climb went according to plan, then the horizontal descent engines started running to make way for a safe maneuver for the Starship SN11’s huge body before the final turn.

The plans of Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX, remain focused on building space vehicles capable of landing on Mars before 2030. More information about what caused the unsuccessful landing of the Starship SN11 should be released soon.

What did you think of what happened? What must have been the error in that test? Tell your opinion in the comments!

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