After a high-altitude test launch from Boca Chica, Texas on Tuesday, SpaceX’s Starship rocket prototype exploded during a landing attempt, causing a repeat accident that destroyed the previous test rocket.

Like its predecessor SN8, Starship SN9, which exploded during its final descent, is a test model of a heavy rocket being developed by the private space company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. The launch vehicle will carry People and 100 tons of cargo are used for future tasks. Moon and Mars.

The self-guided 16-story rocket originally towered from its Gulf Coast launch pad into the blue southern Texas sky, which was shown in a live broadcast by SpaceX to be a perfect lift-off.

The spacecraft reached a maximum altitude of about 10 kilometers (6 miles), then hovered briefly in the air, turned off the engine, and performed the planned “belly rollover” maneuver, diving back to Earth under aerodynamic control.

The trouble was that after the interstellar spacecraft flipped its nose up again to begin its landing procedure, it tried to reactivate two of its three Raptor thrusters, but one of them failed to ignite. Then, the rocket quickly fell to the ground and exploded in a ball exploded by burning flames, smoke and debris-6 minutes and 26 seconds after launch.

The Starship SN8 was the first prototype to fly in a high-altitude test flight and met a similar fate in December. There was no injury in either case.

A SpaceX commentator said on Tuesday’s launch network broadcast that the rocket flew to its test altitude, and most of its reentry at subsonic speed, “looks very stable, just like we saw in December last year.”

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The commentator said: “We only need to do a little work on the landing site. This is a test flight. This is the second time we have taken a starship in this configuration.”

Musk said on Twitter that he plans not to be on social media platforms for the time being. Musk did not immediately comment. Musk is also responsible for the electric car manufacturer Tesla Hours.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it will oversee the investigation into Tuesday’s landing accident, as it did after the last explosion-the investigation revealed tensions between Musk and the agency.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, SpaceX launched in December and “has not proven” that the public safety risks posed by “far-field explosion overpressure” complied with the terms of its regulatory license. But the agency said that the company’s subsequent “corrective measures” have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and included in the launch ceremony on Tuesday.

The agency’s statement said: “We do not expect to take further enforcement actions against the SN8 incident.”

Last week, Musk tweeted that the FAA’s “space department fundamentally undermines the regulatory structure” and that “humans will never enter Mars” according to its rules.

The complete starship rocket, when used in conjunction with the super-heavy first-stage booster, will reach a height of 394 feet (120 meters). It is the company’s next-generation fully reusable launch vehicle-Musk’s ambitions. In making human space travel more affordable and conventional.

The first orbital spacecraft flight is planned at the end of the year. Musk has stated that he intends to fly with the interstellar spacecraft to the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (Yusaku Maezawa) orbit the moon in 2023.

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