SpaceX’s massive Starship rocket appeared to explode in the sky several minutes after lifting off from its facility in Texas.
Minutes after the SpaceX’s giant new rocket took off from the launchpad on 20 April, it was exploded on its first test flight, while crashing into the Gulf of Mexico.
Through the rocket, SpaceX’s founder Elon Musk was aiming to send the nearly 400-foot (120-meter) Starship rocket on a round-the-world trip from the southern tip of Texas. The rocket carried no people or satellites, reported AP.
According to the plan, the booster was to peel away from the spacecraft minutes after liftoff, however that didn’t happen. Thios resulted in the rocket tumbling and then it exploded four minutes into the flight, plummeting into the gulf.
Also, post separating the spacecraft was supposed to continue east and attempt to circle the world, ahead of it crashing into the Pacific near Hawaii.
From the South Padre Island, several miles away from the Boca Chica Beach launch site, spectators watched the rocket launch and as it lifted off, the crowd screamed: “Go, baby, go!”
Liftoff of Starship! pic.twitter.com/4t8mRP37Gp— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 20, 2023