SpaceX Starship Prototype Explodes During Testing
The prototype starship built by SpaceX exploded during a test. On Wednesday 20th November 2019, the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. suffered a loss. Its prototype space vehicle exploded during a test exercise.
The accident happened at the company’s facility in South Texas, near Boca Chica Beach. Many science enthusiasts looked forward to this exercise because of its importance. It was the first pressurization test of the vehicle fuel tanks, a first of its kind. Although the incident did not involve any casualties, it was a scary spectacle.
A report of the incidence from Arsthecnica reads:
“About halfway during the process, however, some sort of failure occurred as the top bulkhead of the vehicle broke apart and went flying away. This was followed by a large, white cloud of smoke and vapor emanating from the interior of the vehicle, which eventually cleared to reveal a dented, but still shiny Starship.”
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SpaceX is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. Elon Musk founded the company in 2002 with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars. He is currently still; the CEO of the company.
The report from the company tried to downplay the incident. They wanted people to know that:
“… this was a “max” pressurization test to stress the system. No one was hurt, the company said, and it was not a serious setback in the development of the ambitious vehicle” according to the report.
The founder also stated that the prototype had some potential as an innovative product in the industry. He then assured the world that the flight different would be different.
In January 2019, there were reports of the company entering the Nigerian market space with some products. This turned out to be false and Elon Musk refuted the claim.
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