Starship is owned by Elon Musk’s space company Space
The 121-meter-tall spacecraft was launched from Boca Chica in south Texas, shortly after 2 p.m. Swedish time.
At first, everything went according to plan, but the powerful launch vehicle exploded just as it was about to separate from the Starship rocket itself.
However, Starship was able to continue, but eight minutes after launch, news arrived that contact with the rocket had been lost. Later, Space X confirmed that the spacecraft had failed.
The test launch was the second of the unmanned spacecraft and the rocket was intended to travel one and a half laps around the Earth. The first version of the vehicle was launched in April but exploded over the Gulf of Mexico.
This test is still considered more successful than the previous one because the missile traveled much farther than the test conducted in April, CNN reported.
At that time, the spacecraft had already failed about four minutes after liftoff, and was never able to separate from the launch vehicle, one of the most difficult moments.
Space X claims success
Before Saturday’s attempt, Space
“With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and today’s test will help us improve spacecraft reliability as Space
The space agency stated that the missile was destroyed to prevent it from falling out of orbit.
NASA has stated that it wants to use the spacecraft for future missions to the Moon, and in the future also for missions to Mars.
NASA chief Bill Nelson wrote on the X website that he wanted to congratulate everyone involved in the launch and that “today’s test is an opportunity to learn a lesson — and then fly again.”
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