SpaceX Starship crash-lands after test flight… Massive Fireball…
SpaceX’s much-hyped high-altitude test flight of Starship — a spacecraft designed to take people and cargo to the moon and Mars — ended in a fireball as it crash-landed Wednesday in South Texas.
Video shows the large reusable capsule, which is supposed to land vertically, came down way too hard and instantly exploded. However, even though the footage is crazy … it was not unexpected.
Musk predicted Starship would likely crash land, but said data gathered in the test flight would be critical in moving the mission forward. SpaceX stated … “With a test such as this, success is not measured by completion of specific objectives but rather how much we can learn.”
Starship | SN8 | High-Altitude Flight Test
As early as Wednesday, December 9, the SpaceX team will attempt a high-altitude suborbital flight test of Starship serial number 8 (SN8) from our site in Cameron County, Texas. The schedule is dynamic and likely to change, as is the case with all development testing. This live feed will start a few minutes prior to liftoff.
This suborbital flight is designed to test a number of objectives, from how the vehicle’s three Raptor engines perform, and the overall aerodynamic entry capabilities of the vehicle, including its body flaps, to how the vehicle manages propellant transition. SN8 will also attempt to perform a landing flip maneuver, which would be a first for a vehicle of this size.