The company was conducting a trial of the rocket's engine, in a test on the ground known as a static fire.
SpaceX's Starship SN4 rocket prototype explodes on its test stand near Boca Chica, Texas on May 29, 2020. SpaceX typically takes plenty of safety precautions when running these tests, including ensuring the area is well clear of any personnel or other individuals. SpaceX is quickly building a newer version of Starship in succession even as it proceeds with testing the completed prototypes, in order to hopefully shorten the total time span of its development. In the seconds just before the explosion, though, there was extensive venting at the base of the vehicle not seen in previous tests.
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SpaceX was among the three companies awarded a combined $1 billion by NASA last month to develop rocket systems capable of ferrying cargo and humans to the moon. That same day, SpaceX received a launch license for its Starship tests from the Federal Aviation Administration. Minutes following what was thought to be a successful test, the Starship prototype called Serial Number 4 exploded, reports CNBC.
The mission, called Demo-2, is now set to launch no earlier than Saturday (May 30) at 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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The explosion notes yet another failing that's damaged a Starshipprototype Space X now shed 3 previous examination variations of the lorry throughout pressurized examinations that either triggered the automobiles to rupture or implode. Its predecessors have met similar fates, including the Mk1 build pictured above, as they collapsed or exploded while SpaceX works out the kinks in its manufacturing and design and finds out how much stress they can handle.
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ET on Sunday, May 31, ABC News Live and National Geographic will shift the live streaming and televised coverage to 10:30 a.m. ABC News says that if weather forces another schedule change, moving the launch to approximately 10:59 a.m.