SpaceX's Third Launch Fail: Explosion Happens As Liquid Nitrogen Pours
The complications of space have taken a toll on SpaceX's next-gen prototype rocket collapsed all on itself just recently resulting in the third time SpaceX has failed to launch. There is an existing video on YouTube captured by NASASpaceflight that shows the very top portion of the specific SN3 prototype vehicle losing its very structural integrity which then resulted to it tumbling down.
This failure happened around 3am ET at SpaceX's very own testing facility located in Boca Chica, Texas according to SpaceNews. The explosion happened as liquid nitrogen was then poured into the rocket's propellant tanks.
Once this was developed, SpaceX has intended to use their Starship platform in order for them to deliver passengers as well as cargo to Earth orbit, the moon, and in the future, Mars! These are high hopes which CEO Elon Musk has previously been public about.
The rocket was designed to be unlike what anybody has seen before as it was supposedly capable of carrying about 100 passengers. This Starship was designed to be a hybrid vehicle which is supposed to serve both the second stage of a reusable launch system (which will be provided by SpaceX Super Heavy during first stage) and also as an independent spacecraft.
This is currently the third failure in a series of tests for a Starship prototype ever since the start of late last year. Back in November 20, 2019, the previous Mk1 prototype blew its very top during the cryogenic pressure test!
The previous explosion
Recently on February 28, 2020, the previous SN2 prototype exploded right at the base due to the cryogenic pressurization test. Elon Musk from SpaceX and Tesla explains in a tweet that his team will be looking more into the data in order for them to find out what exactly went wrong.
According to Musk, "this may have been a test configuration mistake." Which followed an earlier tweet that said, "SN3 passed ambient temperature pressure test last night," which was said before the cryogenic tests.
Due to this latest setback, the upcoming static-fire test for the Starship SN3 would most probably be delayed and cannot be expected to do a "hop" test any time soon. This is quite similar to the previous Starhopper prototype which was able to ascend to a height of about 150 meters or 490 feet right before running towards the surface.
SpaceX on the matter
It is still very vague as to whether or not SpaceX will be able to hit its target goal of being able to perform orbital test flights of the Starship scheduled later this year. When it comes to failure regarding the tests, Elon Musk himself has showed an enormous amount of patience and composure and this might just have to continue especially since the recent failure.
Elon Musk has high hopes for SpaceX involving quite numerous space projects but first things first, the Starship prototype has yet to run.
Elon Musk Realizes Mistakes About COVID-19: Wants to Cover Up Old Tweets
The SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk realized and admits his mistakes regarding certain Tweets about the COVID-19.
SpaceX, NASA's Historic Astronaut Launch in the US Threatened by Disruptive Weather Delay
SpaceX, NASA prepares to send the first Astronaut-manned launch into space from the US in nearly 10 years. Will the weather cooperate with their launch this Wednesday?
Elon Musk and Grimes Changed Their Baby's Name "X Æ A-12" Into Something... Similar
Both Elon Musk and Grimes have recently changed their baby's name "X Æ A-12" into something very similar.
Did Elon Musk Just Launch SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Without the Company Logo?
The SpaceX Dragon Capsule has just launched with a flying NASA logo and the American flag. Where is Elon Musk's company logo?
Skyrora: UK's First Rocket Test in 50 Years is a Success! British Company Wants to Officially Launch in 2021
The British company Skyrora has just recently accomplished UK's first rocket launch after 50 years since the Black Arrow Program. The company aims to officially launch into space in 2021.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
New Feature Alert: YouTube's New "Chapters" Allows You to Mark Specific Content in Videos
YouTube's new feature allows users to mark specific content in videos. Save time and get straight to the point!
Benefits of LED Grow Lights for Your Indoor Plants
There has been a surge in the number of growers cultivating indoor crops. Some turn to indoor farming in areas like cities, where there are almost no green spaces. Growing indoors takes advantage of otherwise wasted space and makes it possible for anyone to create an indoor garden.
Darkest Dungeon Is Celebrating Its New DLC With A Free Weekend: Here Are Some Tips To Help You Out!
Red Hook Studio's Darkest Dungeon has had a new DLC released on Steam and with it a free weekend. Grab the PvP game and try it out after reading these tips on how you can play the game the best you can.
[Spoiler Alert] Jurassic World 3: Will the Original Cast Be Back?
Jurassic World III is on its way and if you're wondering if you're expecting everything to be the same, you might be surprised. A source stated that the former cast of the Jurassic Park movie trilogy would be reprising their roles in Jurassic World: Dominion.