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BREAKING: Elon Musk’s 400 ft Rocket, The biggest ever made by man costing $3b explodes 4 minutes after liftoff (videos)



Elon Musk’s space exploration company, SpaceX’s massive rocket, Starship, exploded in the air just four minutes after launching in Boca Chica, Texas on Thursday, April 20.....PROCEED.FULL.READING>>>

SpaceX’s rocket cleared its launch platform but failed to separate from its booster, exploding four minutes after lift-off during the inaugural flight..…CONTINUE READING

The uncrewed spacecraft, which SpaceX says could one day facilitate multi-planetary life, is worth $3b and is the biggest rocket ever created.

It thundered off the launch pad for what had been expected to be a 90-minute trip around the Earth before a splashdown near Hawaii.

But after reaching MaxQ, the rocket began to spin in the air, then started to plummet before combusting entirely. A livestream of the launch appeared to show some of the 39 engines on the ship had malfunctioned.

“Starship just experienced what we call a rapid, unscheduled disassembly,” said John Insprucker, SpaceX’s principal integration engineer. “As we said, excitement was guaranteed.”

Successfully lifting the 400-foot-tall rocket off the launch pad is still a big step forward to its ultimate goal of one day ferrying humans to the moon and Mars, the company said.

“With a test like this, success comes from what we learn,” the company said in a tweet. “Today’s test will help us improve Starship’s reliability as SpaceX seeks to make life multi-planetary.”

The company says it expected the debris to fall somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico, and it’ll work with local authorities for recovery operations.

A test launch scheduled for Monday was scrapped at the last minute due to a frozen valve in the booster. On Thursday, with 40 seconds left on the countdown clock, the flight crew paused all operations, also due in part to a pressurization issue in the booster.

The decision to use 33 booster engines — more than any other rocket ever made is a trade-off, says Paulo Lozano, director of MIT’s space propulsion laboratory.

Though it’s necessary for lifting payloads of up to 250 tons, “having that large number of rocket engines firing simultaneously — it’s actually quite hard. I think that’s going to be one of the biggest challenges,” Lozano said.

“It was a great find by the countdown team, and that’s why we have a countdown,” said SpaceX quality systems engineer Kate Tice at the time. “We’ve learned a lot over the last 48 hours, and we’re ready to give it another go.”

SpaceX currently uses its Falcon-9 rocket to launch its Starlink Internet satellites into orbit, a few dozen at a time. Starship could one day be able to send several hundred people per launch.Watch videos below…CONTINUE READING

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