The first full-scale prototype of the SpaceX Starship exploded during tests: its upper part was torn off. It is reported by NASAspaceflight.
The company conducted tests for the maximum filling with cryogenic liquid of tanks for methane and oxygen. For them, such an explosion was not a surprise.
The purpose of the current test was to maximize the increase in pressure in the systems, so this result was not completely unexpected.
The company said that this prototype was not intended for future flights and was not even fully assembled. SpaceX will not repair it, but will begin to create a more advanced version.
On August 28, the SpaceX Starship prototype, nicknamed Starhopper, successfully passed the “jump” flight test in Texas. He rose to a height of 150 meters, hovered in the air and gently landed. In late September, Musk announced the first Starship test flight.