On the third attempt, the Starship prototype flew to an altitude of 10 km, landed … and also exploded
Yesterday, a test flight of SN10, the next prototype of the Starship spacecraft, was performed. Prototypes SN8 and SN9 exploded during testing, but SN10 was able to complete the program, climbing to an altitude of 10 km and landing again. However, shortly after landing, it also exploded. SpaceX’s live broadcast had by then been discontinued, so the moment of the explosion is missing from the video posted by the company.
During the flight, the rocket, having risen to the design altitude, went into a horizontal position and began a free fall, after which it was again oriented vertically, performed braking and landing. Unfortunately, judging by the results of the flight, the landing was not soft enough and led to the destruction of the structure, which caused the explosion.