Elon Musk has apparently confirmed that SpaceX’s Starship has crashed and be destroyed.
The company had hoped to conduct a successful test of the Mars-bound spacecraft that would see it take off before coming back down to safely land.
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But in the middle of that test, SpaceX cut the live stream with little explanation. Videos taken nearby suggested that the Starship – the latest version, numbered SN11 – had been destroyed.
“A high production rate solves many ills,” Mr Musk first tweeted, apparently in reference to the fact that SpaceX manufactures a number of Starships so they can move on quickly from tests, even if they are destroyed.
“At least the crater is in the right place!” he then posted, seemingly confirming what appeared to be a large explosion, and suggesting that it had not caused critical damage as it did.
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