SpaceX Starship explodes in test flight crash landing
SpaceX’s latest prototype exploded in a massive fireball during a test flight crash landing on Tuesday — meeting a similar fate as a previous test rocket. The steel Starship prototype Serial Number 9 (SN9), went up in flames at the end of an otherwise successful high-altitude test from Boca Chica, Texas, according to stunning footage of the crash.”We had again another great flight,” a SpaceX announcer said during the online broadcast. “We’ve just got to work on that landing a little bit.” The rocket launched at around 3:30 p.m. and flew as high as 10 kilometers, or about 32,800 feet altitude, before turning to a horizontal “belly flop” position and performing a series of maneuvers. It then attempted to land upright, but appeared to come in too fast and at a bad angle, according to the footage. The flight ended in a deafening crash, sparking a fiery explosion that sent up a cloud of dust and flames. The explosion was similar to one in December, when the company’s SN8 rocket was destroyed.