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A second test flight of SpaceX’s Starship vehicle has failed

A second test flight of SpaceX’s Starship vehicle has failed

The spaceship’s second test flight ended in another failure on Saturday. SpaceX’s unmanned spacecraft was halted during its flight due to two explosions.

The first test of the spaceship also failed seven months ago.

This time, the missile was successfully launched from Boca Chica, Texas, and its two stages were successfully separated before it caught fire.

The rocket consists of two sections: the super-heavy propulsion stage and its 33 engines, and the spaceship Starship. Both sections did not survive the test flight.

Elon Musk’s space company said that the vehicle rose to an altitude of 90 kilometers and was scheduled to make a 90-minute flight, but engineers on the ground lost contact with it after ten minutes.

On her driving side so heavy It exploded over the Gulf of Mexico shortly after Starship Separate from him.

People watch SpaceX’s next-generation Starship spacecraft prepare for a test launch from the Boca Chica launch pad near Brownsville, Texas, US, on November 17, 2023.

Photo: Reuters/Joe Nakamura

Big ambitions

The mission’s goal was to approach orbit before descending into the Earth’s atmosphere and landing off the coast of Hawaii.

If SpaceX had succeeded, it would have taken an important step in its ambition to develop a large, multi-functional spacecraft capable of sending astronauts to the moon. Ultimately, SpaceX’s ambition is to reach Mars.

SpaceX’s second test flight was closely followed NASAWhich relies on this ship for missions to return to the moon.

NASA chief Bill Nelson sent his congratulations to SpaceX on Saturday progress Implemented in this launch, which raises a A chance to learn, then fly again.

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together, NASA SpaceX will take humanity back to the Moon, Mars and beyondhe wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

On April 20, Starship It took off for the first time in full configuration. But several engines did not work, and SpaceX deliberately exploded the rocket four minutes later.

With information from Agence France-Presse and Reuters