In a remarkable turn of events, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has managed to both successfully land and eight minutes later destroy their first ever Starship prototype.
The unmanned Serial Number 10 (SN10), successor to SpaceX’s SN8 and SN9 Starships managed to land successfully yesterday after a high-altitude test flight.
However, as it made its way back down the next-generation space vehicle landed heavily on its extended legs, which resulted in one of the boosters dislodging itself from its original position.
A fire then developed around its base and after eight minutes of its successful test flight and landing the SN10 exploded in a glorious ball of fire that could not be extinguished.
Nonetheless, the revolutionary space exploration company were hugely encouraged by the data gathered from this flight as the prototype successfully executed its in-flight manoeuvres and managed a reasonably soft landing.
Musk, who is Chief Executive Officer of SpaceX, told the media that these milestones will give the company confidence as they move forward with the ambitious concept to replace their existing Falcon rockets.
He also added that the new 50m-tall Starship will do it all, bigger and better – orbiting satellites and carrying passengers, both around the Earth and to off-world destinations such as the Moon and Mars.