SpaceX's Starship, designed for moon missions, faced another setback in its second test, minutes after liftoff.
Starship Launch Failure:
The Super Heavy first stage booster, successful in separating from the core Starship, exploded over the Gulf of Mexico post-detachment.
Explosion Over Gulf of Mexico:
SpaceX's mission control lost contact with the Starship as it progressed further toward space, raising concerns about the fate of the vehicle.
Loss of Contact:
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the incident, resulting in the loss of the vehicle, with no reported injuries or property damage.
The FAA will oversee SpaceX's investigation into the failure and must approve the company's plan to prevent such incidents in the future.
Investigation and Approval:
The mission aimed to lift the Starship into space, perform a controlled descent through Earth's atmosphere, and splash down off Hawaii's coast.
This launch was SpaceX's second attempt after the April failure, emphasizing the challenges in developing the massive rocket system.
Despite setbacks, SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, sees Starship as a key player in future lunar and Mars missions, as well as a replacement for the Falcon 9 rocket.
SpaceX's Future Vision: