November 18: On the 18th, American space company SpaceX lost contact with starship booster due to a possible explosion. Reports from foreign media confirm this.
Key points of this article that can be understood in 3 lines in number
- SpaceX tried to launch its Starship rocket from Boca Chica, Texas. But there was a problem during the test. The rocket lost contact with the second-stage booster. Maybe it exploded.
- After takeoff, the rocket had an incident. It happened 10 minutes later and reached around 90 miles high before it went wrong.
- NASA chief Bill Nelson praised SpaceX for their progress and stressed the significance of these tests for future space travel development despite the setback.
Image source: Screenshot of live broadcast of SpaceX, an American space exploration technology company
At 7 a.m., SpaceX tested its Starship rocket without a crew in Boca Chica, Texas. CNN reported that all 33 engines started correctly after the launch.
Reportedly, the first-stage rocket succeeded. However, the second-stage rocket failed and lost connection.
According to Reuters, the second-stage rocket was supposed to reach space after a 90-minute flight. However, it lost contact with the Starship booster just 10 minutes after taking off. Due to this, the attempt to reach space ended in an explosion.
The New York Times said a “strong space ship” went up 90 miles before losing contact. Maybe it exploded.
According to NBC, more information is needed. A SpaceX person said live that the Starship’s auto cutoff might have caused a blast.
NASA’s Bill Nelson praised the SpaceX team for their “progress in today’s flight test” on X.
Image source: Screenshot of NASA Administrator Bill Nelson’s social media account
According to him, space travel is an exciting adventure that needs bravery and creativity. The test today will help them learn and improve for future flights.