SpaceX’s new rocket lifted off from South Texas on a test flight on Saturday, seven months after the first attempt. Elon Musk’s rocket, designed to reach the Moon and Mars, exploded minutes after take-off. Three minutes after launch, the spacecraft successfully separated from the booster. Then the booster exploded. The second stage continued its flight, but before the Starship could reach orbit, SpaceX’s control center lost contact, and about 12 minutes later the shuttle was blown up.
The spacecraft is the largest and most powerful rocket ever built. Its maiden flight in April lasted four minutes and its wreckage crashed into the Gulf. Since then, Elon Musk’s company has made dozens of improvements to the rocket and its 33 engines, as well as the launch pad.
The launch was delayed by a day and announced by the founder SpaceXElon Musk, with an ad on X explaining that it is necessary to replace one of the fins that allow the rocket to maneuver as it descends to Earth.
“We need to replace the network operator, so the launch has been postponed until Saturday,” Musk wrote on X.
The second flight test of the rocket, the most powerful rocket ever, was supposed to take place on Friday, November 17 at 2 pm Italian time starting from the SpaceX base in Boca Chica in South Texas, but it was postponed for 24 hours, and again at 2 pm Italian time. time, with a release window of about 20 minutes. The test involves the rocket taking off and then a controlled re-entry of the first stage, the booster, while the upper stage, the Starship shuttle, must reach space, nearly complete the orbit of the planet and then dive into space. The sea off the coast of Hawaii.
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