SpaceX’s prototype, the SN10, exploded on its landing pad yesterday evening following a successful test flight over South Texas.
The rocket was conducting a test flight, following the crash of two prior rockets conducting the same test. The SN10 completed its flight and had safely landed on its intended landing pad, before exploding three minutes later.
YouTubers and independent media outlets caught the explosion, which did not air on SpaceX’s main live stream feed.
The test was set to commence at 3 p.m. CT, but the first launch was aborted in the last tenth of a second.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the abort was triggered by a pre-set standard on the rockets thrusters, which Musk called “slightly conservative”.
The current cause of the explosion is unknown, as SpaceX and FAA staff will begin an investigation of the rocket.
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