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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s second full check flight of its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship led to one other fiery crash touchdown Tuesday.
Elon Musk’s firm launched its newest Starship prototype from the southeastern tip of Texas, two months after the earlier check led to an equally explosive stomach flop.
The total-scale chrome steel rocket reached its meant altitude of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers), barely decrease than the final one. All the pieces gave the impression to be going nicely because the 160-foot (50-meter) Starship flipped on its aspect and started its descent. Nevertheless it didn’t handle to straighten itself again up in time for a touchdown and slammed into the bottom.
“We’ve simply set to work on that touchdown a bit of bit,” stated SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker. “Reminder — it is a check flight.”
The subsequent Starship stood close by on the launch website in Boca Chica, Texas, throughout Tuesday’s check, which lasted 6 1/2 minutes.
Musk is creating Starship to hold individuals to Mars, maybe in as little as a number of years. It’s the higher stage of his meant moon- and Mars-ships, meant to launch atop a mega rocket known as Tremendous Heavy that’s nonetheless being developed.
SpaceX tried to launch Starship final week, however didn’t get the mandatory approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, prompting a Twitter outburst from Musk.
SpaceX didn’t adjust to security rules for the Dec. 9 flight, an FAA spokesperson stated Tuesday, and wanted to take corrective motion earlier than continuing with launch operations. Tuesday’s flight met all security standards, in keeping with the FAA.