Disastrous news about SpaceX‘s Starship SN4 launch vehicle prototype firing test just arrived from NASA Space Flight. Live-streamed less than a day ago at the launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas, the video feed showed a small flame that grew into a massive explosion, followed by an aftershock.
This is the fourth static fire test for SpaceX’s next generation of rockets, and while this set back does come just days before the passenger flight to the International Space Station, it’s worth noting that the rocket is entirely separate from the proven Falcon 9 engine. News about the recent event remains scarce, but a few tweets with photos have been uploaded showing a faint glow coming from the destroyed rocket. Additional information about the explosion is expected to surface soon.
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Starship SN4 after static fire explosion May 29 pic.twitter.com/dR4GaRnYm3
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