A SpaceX unmanned missile exploded on the ground on Wednesday after carrying out what appeared to be a successful flight and landing.
It was the third successive error involving the Starship missile prototype, which SpaceX hopes to someday send to Mars. The last two test flights ended in accidents.
“Nice landing,” said a SpaceX commentator on the live broadcast of the test flight, as flames were blasting at the bottom and crews trying to extinguish it.
The missile exploded after a few minutes. Throwed in the air and crashed to the ground.
No explanation was provided immediately.
As we saw in the SpaceX video, the missile appeared to have landed properly after its flight.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk has been developing the next generation Starship rocket with the intention of going to Mars – Although two prototypes have exploded amazingly in their recent experiments.
The latest prototype, named SN10, for “Serial Number 10”, took off shortly before 1120 GMT from Boca Chica, Texas.
The other two models (SN8 and SN9) crashed on landing, in December and then in early February.
The tests are taking place in a semi-deserted area rented by SpaceX in southern Texas, near the border with Mexico and near the Gulf of Mexico. – The area is large and empty enough that an accident or explosion will not cause damage or death.
Aside from Mars, a rocket, if operational, could also be useful for close-up flights, especially to the moon.