SpaceX Starship test flight explodes during landing

The company said Starship SN8 lifted off from the launch pad in Cameron County, Texas, and successfully ascended, transitioned propellant, and performed its landing flip maneuver with precise flap control to reach its landing point.

American private space company SpaceXs next-generation heavy-lift rocket Starship exploded in a test flight in Texas on Wednesday.


Yet, low pressure in the fuel header tank during the landing burn led to high touchdown velocity, SpaceX said on its website.


The launch and ascent of Starship serial number 8 (SN8) were successful, but as the engines appeared to reignite for landing, the vehicle flipped back to vertical and then slammed into the ground.