SpaceX successfully landed its Starship 10 spacecraft on March 3, only for it to explode minutes later.
Designated SN10, it was the third high-altitude test flight of SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft and first successful landing.
Powered by three Raptor engines, SN10 reached an altitude of 10 km. The engines then shut down in a planned sequence as the spacecraft transitioned to a controlled descent.
As the SN10 approached the ground, the three Raptor engines once again fired to slow the descent before the spacecraft landed successfully.
The commentator on SpaceX’s video feed said, “Third time’s the charm as the saying goes. We’ve had a successful soft touchdown on the landing pad, capping a beautiful test flight of Starship 10. As a reminder, the key point of today’s flight was capturing the data on controlling the vehicle while re-entering and we were successful in doing so.”
Minutes later, Starship 10 exploded in what SpaceX called “a rapid unscheduled disassembly.”
Penny stock trading teacher Timothy Sykes said, “It’s an important reminder to never celebrate too soon.”
The Starship spacecraft is the crew and cargo section of the transport system collectively called Starship. Combined with the Super Heavy rocket, the system will carry in excess of 100 metric tonnes into Earth orbit.
Once operational, SpaceX intends to use Starship to transport crew and cargo to the Moon and Mars.
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