This was SpaceX’s fourth lost rocket in less than four months. The model SN11 spacecraft was able to take off and fly, but suffered a catastrophic failure during the descent. NASA SpaceFlight filmed and released the final moments of the rocket.
In addition to the SN11 now and the SN10 in early March, the prototype SN9 exploded during a test in February, while the SN8 did not “survive” the test carried out in December last year. Only SN5 e SN6, which were still miniature versions, survived small jumps 150 meters high. O SN7 it was purposely destroyed in a pressurization test.
The internet did not forgive the succession of test problems and the latest explosion sparked a series of memes. Some even took the opportunity to play with the ship Ever Given that was stranded in the Suez Canal last week. “I’m glad they didn’t depend on the Starship to tow,” joked a profile on Twitter.
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This created a dialogue between the SN11 it’s at Starhopper, one of the prototypes that worked. “The engineers gave me this box cool for some reason. Maybe I can give it to you too, “the larger spacecraft would have said. The” gift “, which would be responsible for blowing up the SN11, was denied by the smaller ship.
The poor visibility during the test was also remembered.
Some did not forgive Elon Musk, claiming that after the succession of failures he would have said that from now on SpaceX will produce “fireworks”.
In early March, the SN10 also failed the landing test. The spacecraft took off from Boca Chica, Texas, and reached an altitude of ten kilometers, when it started the descent process. Apparently everything went well: the rocket landed and SpaceX technicians said it was “a magnificent landing”. But minutes later, some flames were seen at the base of the ship, which shortly afterwards exploded and was completely destroyed.
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The Starship in its final version will be 120 meters high and should have the capacity to carry up to 100 passengers and 100 tons of cargo. SpaceX’s big plan is to create a fleet of 1,000 Starships in the coming decades, for space travel by passengers and astronauts through the Solar System. He estimates that, by 2024, the spacecraft will land on the Moon – but there is still no prediction of tests in orbit. By 2050, Elon Musk’s company wants to build a city for one million people on Mars.
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