The applause turned to disappointment within minutes, after the successful landing of its original Starship rocket Space X, which is intended to send humans and supplies to the Moon and Mars.
The rocket of Elon Musk’s company was launched without any problems, it flew in the sky for six minutes at an altitude of up to ten kilometers and then landed upright on his concrete platform in Texas.
But the triumph lasted a while, as immediately after he leaned slightly to the side, caught fire and after eight minutes exploded and disintegrated, without so far any explanation has been given for the exact cause.
At least there was progress, since in the previous two tests on December 9 and February 2, the rocket had crashed to the ground on its return.
The reusable Starship stainless steel rocket has been developed to carry a payload of up to 100 tons over long distances and is the “pride” of Musk, as broadcast by AMPE. It has a height of 50 meters, while in full development the Starship – together with the also reused Super Heavy missile carrier – will reach 120 meters.
The larger and more Starship features are meant to replace Today’s reusable Falcon rockets and Space X Dragon capsules for both manned and unmanned space flights.
The ultimate goal for long journeys is after launching the Starship for the Moon or Mars, Super Heavy to return to Earth to be used again. For the shortest trips, Starship will do all the work alone.
A first Starship flight into orbit around the Earth is planned for the end of 2021, while for 2023 Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has already taken a position, in order to fly for six days to the Moon along with eight other passengers. In the coming months, many more Starship flight tests will follow, as well as Super Heavy for the first time.