Elon Musk reveals why his latest prototype Starship exploded


6 abr 2021 17:54 GMT

“The ascent phase, transition to horizontal, and control during free fall were good,” Musk wrote.

A methane leak caused an explosion during testing of the latest prototype of the Starship spacecraft, SpaceX founder Elon Musk reported in a tweet.

“The ascent phase [de la nave], the transition to horizontal and control during free fall were good, “wrote Musk.” A (relatively) small leak of CH4 [metano] it caused a fire in engine 2 and burned part of the avionics system, leading to an unscheduled increase in pressure in one of the turbopumps at the time of engine start. “

SpaceX’s prototype Starship SN11 rocket exploded on March 30 when landing in Boca Chica (Texas, USA) while conducting a flight test.

This is the fourth consecutive failure in Starship rocket tests.

On March 4, the SN10 was blown to pieces shortly after successfully landing. Also, on February 2 the Starship SN9 exploded in its final descent, like its predecessor, the SN8, in December of last year.

With the Starship spacecraft, SpaceX seeks to transport cargo and people to the Moon, Mars and other places in space. Each would be capable of carrying loads of more than 100 tons and 100 passengers at a time.

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