The aforementioned failed rocket launch has hindered the goal of launching the Starship spacecraft into orbit this year of billionaire Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX.
“Yes, really not. We are assessing the damage,” Elon Musk said on Twitter after the explosion on the evening of July 11 (US time) of the Super Heavy Booster 7 prototype. This explosion was reported by the website. NASA Spaceflight recorded and streamed live.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
On July 12, billionaire Elon Musk said that the explosion, which engulfed the base of the rocket in a ball of fire, the smoke was dense and seemed to shake the video camera, only for initial testing. engine rotation.
“In the future, we won’t be doing rotary starter testing with all 33 engines at once,” he said on Twitter.
The explosion engulfed the base of the rocket in flames. (Image: NASA Spaceflight)
The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined.
The incident occurred in the midst of a multi-day static test launch campaign in Boca Chica, Texas, of a rocket booster, equipped with a series of 33 Raptor engines for use in an unmanned test flight into orbit. which SpaceX hopes to launch later this year.
SpaceX’s complete Starship spacecraft, which will be 394 feet (120 m) tall when combined with the super-heavy first-stage booster, is the company’s next-generation launch vehicle, the centerpiece of the company’s ambitious plans. Elon Musk aims to make human space travel more affordable and regular.
SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment when asked about the July 11 explosion.