February 3, 2021, 1:53 PM

A prototype of SpaceX’s bullet-shaped Starship, on Tuesday, exploded during it’s landing attempt, minutes after high altitude experimental launch at Boca Chica in Texas.

This was second such attempt after last prototype of the heavy-lift Starship SN8, landed with the same fate.
The Starship SN9, a self-guided 16-storey-tall rocket, initially soared into the sky from its Gulf Coast launch pad, reaching its intended altitude of 6.2 miles (10 km), slightly lower than SN8.
However, the spacecraft suddenly flipped on it’s side and began to descent. It did not manage to straighten itself back up in time for a landing and slammed into the ground, six minutes and 26 seconds after launch.
“We have just got to work on that landing a little bit. Reminder, this is a test flight,” SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said after the explosion.
“We demonstrated the ability to transition the engines to the landing propellant tanks. The subsonic re-entry looked very good and stable like we saw last December, so we have got a lot of good data on flap control. The company intends to proceed with its next launch in the near future,” he added.
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