SpaceX Starship prototype partially explodes during test
On Nov. 20, 2019, SpaceX's Starship experienced a major rocket failure, partially exploding, while being loaded with cryogenic propellants, which then ended up being spread throughout the whole facility grounds. A statement issued by SpaceX stated that "The purpose of today's test was to pressurize systems to the max, so the outcome was not completely unexpected."
"The U.S. company bills Starship as an all-purpose transportation system of the future. It will be used to ferry people and cargo off Earth, and to destinations around the globe. Starship was due to begin practice flights to an altitude of 20 kilometers in the coming weeks," according to the BBC.
Elon Musk tweeted that the ship would be retired, but they are already beginning development on a new prototype called Mk-3.
" Elon Musk has given regular updates on his plans for Starship, the most recent being in September when he spoke at length about the vehicle's engineering and its likely applications. The Mk-3 vehicle, he said, could be built much more quickly than the Mk-1. It was also capable of going into orbit. Like the SpaceX Falcon-9 rockets, Starship was designed to be reusable," according to the BBC, which means less costly space travel, with more frequent trips.
It's a setback, but not a huge one, and soon SpaceX will be back on track to getting humanity into space.