It’s on the news that the SpaceX Starship SN9 Flies High Explodes on Landing. This is the second flight of a prototype of Elon Musk’s next-generation starship rocket that has crash-landed.
It was meant for eventful trips to Mars. And it was clearly picture-perfect right from the launch until its landing. Just like the test of an earlier prototype, it ended up in a fiery explosion on Tuesday.
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SpaceX Starship SN9 Flies High Explodes on Landing
After some delays and a dust-up with the Federal Aviation Administration over its launch license, SpaceX launched the vehicle which is dubbed SN9. From its Boca Chica, Texas facility at exactly 12:30pm PT.
This rocket flew to an altitude of about 6.2 miles which is exactly 10 Kilometers. Then it shuts off its three engines exactly the same time as it climbed higher. After which it began to fall back to its launch spot, as its predecessor SN8 failed during its test flight in December.
SN9 made a landing burn to orient itself vertically for a touchdown and fell on the ground so hard exploding just like the SN8.
Investigation on SN9 Crash Landing
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that its agency will be up and open for the landing mishap investigation. Though it was clearly seen to be a failed test flight, and an opportunity to provide father safety.
SpaceX still considers it a successful test as they continue to gather more data for future test flights.
The revelation helps explain the weeks of delays before the launch of SN9. Last week, SpaceX and Musk engaged during a staring contest with the FAA, and therefore the FAA didn’t blink.
On Thursday, SpaceX went through the method of loading fuel into SN9 in preparation for a launch at its Texas Gulf Coast facility. But the FAA didn’t give its approval for the flight to require place.
“Unlike its aircraft division, which is good, the FAA space division features a fundamentally broken regulatory structure. Their rules are meant for a couple of expendable launches per annum from a couple of government facilities. Under those rules, humanity will never get to Mars.”
In response to an invitation for comment, an FAA spokesperson said: “We will continue working with SpaceX to resolve outstanding questions of safety before we approve subsequent test flight.”