That was one hell of a touchdown.
SpaceX ran a high-altitude suborbital flight test of its Starship rocket on Wednesday. Within the video above, the rocket launches on the 1:48:17 minute mark, and for just a few superb minutes flies excessive earlier than making an attempt a vertical touchdown again on Earth.
On the 1:54:58 mark, Starship touches again down in Cameron County, Texas — with explosive power.
“Profitable ascent, switchover to header tanks & exact flap management to touchdown level,” wrote SpaceX CEO Elon Musk after the take a look at flight.
Gas header tank stress was low throughout touchdown burn, inflicting landing velocity to be excessive & RUD, however we obtained all the information we would have liked! Congrats SpaceX staff hell yeah!!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2020
The explanation for the explosion, in response to Musk, is that the landing velocity was “excessive” (which, sure). Even so, the CEO says SpaceX obtained the information it wanted and that the take a look at flight was a hit.