Watch SpaceX’s Starship SN8 explode while trying to land

Watch SpaceX's Starship SN8 explode while trying to land

That was one hell of a landing.

SpaceX ran a high-altitude suborbital flight test of its Starship rocket on Wednesday. In the video above, the rocket launches at the 1:48:17 minute mark, and for a few glorious minutes flies high before attempting a vertical landing back on Earth. 

Ouch.

Ouch.

Image: spacex

At the 1:54:58 mark, Starship touches back down in Cameron County, Texas — with explosive force. 

Boom.

Boom.

Image: screenshot / spacex

“Successful ascent, switchover to header tanks & precise flap control to landing point,” wrote SpaceX CEO Elon Musk after the test flight. 

Fuel header tank pressure was low during landing burn, causing touchdown velocity to be high & RUD, but we got all the data we needed! Congrats SpaceX team hell yeah!!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2020 Read more…

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