SpaceX’s Starship Prototype Appears to Burst During Test

SpaceX's Starship Appears to Burst

SpaceX’s new Starship SN1 prototype appeared to burst during a pressure test on Feb. 28 at the company’s south Texas facility. Earlier this week, SpaceX had moved its new prototype to a launchpad near Boca Chica, Texas. The prototype seemed to blew apart during a liquid nitrogen pressure test.

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According to space.com, the SN1 is part of SpaceX’s planned Starship and mega rocket (reusable vertical launch-vertical landing system) designed to fly deep-space missions to the moon, Mars and beyond. 

Interestingly, the SpaceX has already signed a contract with the Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawaone for a trip around the moon on a Starship in 2023. SpaceX’s founder and CEO Elon Musk had earlier hinted that many such prototypes will be needed to perfect the Starship vehicle. 

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