SpaceX has yet another video for its explosions compilations: during a test carried out in Boca Chica, Texas, the prototype of the Starship SN1 rocket exploded because of pressure problems.
The incident happened over the weekend and the images showing the exact moment of the disaster were recorded by NASA Space Flight.
Starship SN1 was undergoing a pressure test with liquid nitrogen and, as the video shows, the spacecraft failed to pass the assessment.
The outer part of the rocket is sucked up and launches the rest of the spacecraft upwards. Then the debris collides with the ground and causes an explosion. A problem with the prototype tank would have been the reason for the implosion, but nothing has been confirmed so far.
Where’s Flextape when you need it?
While images of the incident are frightening because of the scale of the disaster, there are no reports of injuries during the test. So far, SpaceX has not officially commented on the matter, but the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, has given an opinion on the case through Twitter.
This Monday (2), the commander of the aerospace company published on the social network the video of the moment of the explosion and asked: “how was your night” to his followers.
Additionally, he said that “everything is fine” and made another joke with the incident: ” Where’s Flextape when you need it!?”
With a cylindrical shape and a metallic look, the Starship SN1 is one of the first versions of SpaceX’s main spacecraft for the company’s future projects.
The rocket that will be built based on the results of current tests promises to be so big and powerful that it will make long trips in space, including deliveries to destinations like Mars and the Moon.
Considering the structural failure that led to the explosion in Boca Chica, the trend is that the launch of the final version of the Starship is still a long way off.
At the end of last year, Elon Musk said on Twitter that SpaceX will develop several prototypes of the spacecraft, always bringing improvements compared to previous models.