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SpaceX booster rocket bursts into flames during test launch

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A booster rocket developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX for its next-generation Starship spacecraft burst into flames throughout a ground-test firing on Monday in Texas, dealing a probable setback to Musk’s purpose of launching Starship to orbit this yr.

“Yeah, truly not good. Crew is assessing injury,” Musk said on Twitter after the early night explosion of the Tremendous Heavy Booster 7 prototype, as seen in a livestream recorded by the web site NASA Spaceflight.

There was no rapid indication of accidents.

The explosion, which engulfed the bottom of the rocket in a ball of flames and heavy smoke and appeared to shake the video digital camera, was particular to the engine spin begin check, Musk mentioned on Tuesday.

“Going ahead, we received’t do a spin begin check with all 33 engines directly,” he said on Twitter.

The booster remained standing upright, bolted to a check gantry afterward.

The failure got here within the midst of a dayslong static hearth check marketing campaign in Boca Chica, Texas, of the booster, outfitted with an array of 33 Raptor engines to be used in an upcoming uncrewed orbital check flight SpaceX hoped to launch later this yr.

SpaceX’s full Starship, which is able to stand 394 ft tall when mated with its super-heavy first-stage booster, is the corporate’s next-generation launch automobile on the middle of Musk’s ambitions to make human house journey extra inexpensive and routine.

Booster Rocket launch start.
The booster rocket was developed by SpaceX for its next-generation Starship spacecraft.
Youtube/NASASpaceflight
Booster rocket.
The explosion was particular to the engine spin begin check.
Youtube/NASASpaceflight
Smoke from rocket.
The booster remained standing upright, bolted to a check gantry.
Youtube/NASASpaceflight

SpaceX didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for touch upon Monday’s blast.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) additionally didn’t instantly reply when requested if it could examine the explosion.

Flames from rocket.
The explosion engulfed the bottom of the rocket in a ball of flames and heavy smoke.
Youtube/NASASpaceflight

In late 2020 and early 2021, SpaceX misplaced 4 prototypes of the Starship itself in a sequence of high-altitude check launches when the return touchdown makes an attempt led to explosions. The Starship prototype lastly made a secure landing in Might 2021.