The rocket test failed just before SpaceX and NASA went on a historic mission to send two astronauts to the International Space Station.
According to The Verge, SpaceX's fourth Starship rocket prototype exploded shortly after being activated at a test site in the US state of Texas on May 29.
Specifically, when burning the engine part, the Starship rocket immediately exploded, creating a huge fireball, making very few parts of this missile stand and cause great damage to the entire area. experiment.
This test failed just before SpaceX was about to cooperate with NASA to launch a rocket to send two astronauts to the International Space Station. In historical missions, SpaceX will use Falcon missiles that have been tested flying more than 100 times before.
Starship rocket testing is not related to NASA's mission, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the company will stop testing its missiles to focus on their first man-made flight.
"I have changed SpaceX's priorities, will limit investment in Starship projects and be very focused on sending astronauts into space," Musk told the Aviation Week program on May 26.
SpaceX's rocket exploded shortly after being activated. (Photo: The Verge).
The newly exploded experimental rocket is part of SpaceX's spacecraft development plan, a project to build a giant rocket to send passengers to the moon or Mars.
This rocket uses a Raptor engine on the Starship prototype, commonly known for activating static fire. This is the 5th static fire test mission that Space X has performed in the past few weeks.
The failed rocket test also destroyed the original Starship and the surrounding launch area, with no casualties recorded. SpaceX has not yet provided any answers to the media.