SpaceX is definitely no stranger to missions that don’t go as planned. While preparing the Falcon 9 for prime time, the company definitely suffered some missile losses. Currently, SpaceX has the same luck mixed with the new Starship. The latest launch mission of the SN10 spacecraft saw its flight and landing flawlessly. However, after minutes of landing, the missile unexpectedly exploded.
SpaceX is said to have now brought it For the robot Shaped like a Boston Dynamics robot dog called Zeus. The robot is a yellow four-legged machine seen as it moves around the Texas SpaceX facility to inspect the remnants of the exploding missile. So far, there is no clear indication of what exactly caused the missile to explode after its soft landing.
Speculation suggests that landing legs could be responsible for the explosion. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted upon landing that the missile had fallen “in one piece”. After the missile exploded, he went back to Twitter and posted “RIP SN10, Honorable Unload”. Musk was never one to be shy about sharing reasons for failure tests or assignments.
Presumably, once SpaceX has a clear indication of why the missile has exploded, this information will be shared. The mission of the spacecraft missile prototype was to collect data on the missile controls during re-entry, and of the three tests to date, it was the only missile that successfully landed. Some argue that the mission was successful thanks to its landing, although it subsequently exploded.
Interestingly, Zeus is in the case. Patrolling potentially dangerous locations is exactly what Boston Dynamics robots are designed for. Its existence shows that SpaceX is taking the unknown source of the explosion very seriously. Each robot, costing about $ 70,000, has previously been seen in use at SpaceX’s Texas facility.