SpaceX Starship prototype explodes during pressure testing

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  • SpaceX Starship prototype SN3 was destroyed during a pressure test early this morning, producing a massive cloud of steam before the vehicle crumpled and collapsed.
  • This is now the second time a Starship prototype has endured such a failure during pressure testing, with a similar incident occurring back in November 2019.
  • Elon Musk notes that a test configuration mistake may ultimately be to blame for this morning’s failure, though a full investigation will be launched to determine the cause.
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One of SpaceX’s shiny Starship prototypes suffered a complete meltdown early this morning during a pressure test. The result was what appeared to be the total destruction of the Starship SN3 prototype as it completely collapsed into a crumpled pile of twisted metal. The event, which was captured by observers, is kind of neat to watch, but it obviously isn’t what SpaceX had in mind.

The exact cause of the prototype failure will have to be investigated by SpaceX, but shortly after the machine blew its top, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to offer his own predictions for what may have gone wrong.

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