It was the second blast since meeting the same fate in the last prototype of the starship in December.
“We had another big flight,” said a SpaceX announcer in live footage aired online.
“We have to do a little bit of work on this landing,” he added.
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The company’s founder, Elon Musk, was unsure on social media, announcing the night before he was “off Twitter for a while”.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cleared the Lane of Stainless Steel rocket from Boca Cheka, Texas, which had earlier determined that the last launch of SpaceX would be subject to its license. There was a delay in giving permission in violation.
The rocket launched smoothly at 3:30 pm local time (2030 GMT) and slowly shut down its engines when it reached an altitude of 10 km (six miles) followed by a horizontal “belly flop” position. Performed a series of test tactics.
The trouble started when the rocket tried to return to the vertical position for landing, the footage of which showed that it came at a very fast and bad angle.
It landed with a speeding crash, and it exploded in bright orange flames and dust clouds, but the fire did not spread.
Tuesday’s launch was delayed by several days due to concerns over the last Starship test of SpaceX on December 9, which also increased the flames.
SpaceX asked for a waiver to allow the public of Starship SN8 to exceed the maximum risk.
The FAA denied the request, but proceeded to launch the SpaceX company in hot water.
The regulator denied the opportunity to launch SpaceX last week and asked it to take corrective action, finally approving it on Monday night.
The company hopes the reusable rocket system, located at 120 meters (394 feet), will one day fly to the moon, Mars and beyond with crew and equipment.
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