The second test launch of a super-heavy launch vehicle with Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship ended in the explosion of the first stage separated from the rocket and the loss of communication with the second stage – the planned test program was not completed. The company, however, regards the launch as a success and progress has been made compared to the first rocket test, which took place in April.
Then the rocket exploded a few minutes after launch, reaching an altitude of 38 kilometers. This time the flight proceeded normally until the separation of the first stage, which was supposed to return to Earth. Instead, it exploded shortly after separation. The second stage continued its flight, but communication with the ship was interrupted when it reached an altitude of 148 kilometers, that is, it crossed the official boundary of space. It was planned that Starship would make a suborbital flight and return to Earth.
Broadcast of the launch, which took place at the Boca Chica launch site in Texas, was carried out on SpaceX social networks. Elon Musk congratulated SpaceX team with the launch. NASA head Bill Nelson also offered congratulations. notingthat NASA and SpaceX will “take humanity back to the Moon, to Mars and beyond.”
The reusable rocket system consists of the Ship 24 spacecraft and the Super Heavy launch vehicle. Its height reaches 120 meters. It is taller than any other rocket ever built in the world. The Super Heavy carrier is twice as powerful as the Space Launch System (SLS) heavy rocket being created by NASA for manned flights to the Moon.