Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. AirPods 2 Price
    11:46 Deals

    Amazon’s AirPods 2 price is the lowest it’s been all year, but not for much lo…

  2. Best Car Detailing Products
    14:14 Deals

    The best car detailing product is a $5.59 tool on Amazon that pros don’t want you to…

  3. Best Robot Vacuum Deals
    13:00 Deals

    Amazon’s best Roomba vacuum deal is the Roomba 675 for $199

  4. Furrion Outdoor TV Deals Reviews
    10:32 Deals

    These Furrion outdoor TV deals are crazy, and up to $400 off today at Amazon

  5. Best Meat Thermometer
    08:06 Deals

    Amazon shoppers love this $22 gadget that helps you cook perfect steak every time




SpaceX launched another Starship prototype and it crashed… again

March 30th, 2021 at 7:30 PM
starship crash

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: SpaceX just launched one of its shiny new Starship prototypes. The spacecraft took off as planned, reached its intended altitude, performed well in all aspects, and then crashed into a fiery heap of twisted metal. Sound familiar? Well, that’s because it’s happened before… many times. The latest victim was the SN11 Starship prototype which was shot skyward and traveled over six miles into the air before returning to Earth for a landing attempt.

Because of some intense fog at the launch and landing location, video footage of the takeoff and crash are of incredibly poor quality. The onboard camera on the Starship died before the spacecraft hit the ground, and even footage being shot from the ground doesn’t actually show the crash happen. We know it did happen, however, because a massive boom and huge chunks of the spacecraft were sent flying.

Today's Top Deal Incredible Amazon deal gets you best-selling Alexa smart plugs for just $5 each! List Price:$24.99 Price:$19.99 You Save:$5.00 (20%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Available from Amazon BGR may receive a commission

The launch was the fourth high-altitude test for Starship and follows a string of stellar launches matched with poor landings. We’ve seen Starship prototypes slam into the ground before, effectively turning them into a bomb upon impact, and this attempt appears to be in line with those as well.

The SN10 prototype fared quite a bit better, with the spacecraft actually managing to come down on its end and at least a couple of its landing legs. Unfortunately, not all of the legs deployed as intended, and the rocket was left tilted to one side. It eventually exploded as well, and an investigation suggested that the boom was a result of a buildup of flammable gas that caught fire and obliterated the entire vehicle.

SN11 didn’t want to wait until after landing to explode and apparently did so by crashing into the ground instead. It’s unclear exactly what wrong this time around. In the past, the spacecraft has failed to perform its “kick” maneuver at the end of its descent to line up its bottom end with the ground, and that may have also been this case today. We’ll have to wait until SpaceX comes out with its statement before knowing for sure.

SpaceX takes a lot of risks, and you can credit a lot of the company’s biggest accomplishments with its willingness to try things over and over again, failing along the way, before finally figuring it out. The company has famously celebrated its missteps alongside its successes, and while no Starship prototype has stuck its landing after a high-altitude test thus far, SpaceX has a lot of very smart people working on it and it’ll figure it out sooner or later.

Despite the testing of nearly a dozen prototypes, the Starship program is still in a very, very early stage. Elon Musk has said that he hopes the spacecraft will become the default means of transportation between Earth and Mars, and eventually hopes to future versions of the vehicle travel to other star systems. Before it can do any of that, it needs to figure out how to land.

Today's Top Deal Incredible Amazon deal gets you best-selling Alexa smart plugs for just $5 each! List Price:$24.99 Price:$19.99 You Save:$5.00 (20%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Available from Amazon BGR may receive a commission

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today, Time.com, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.




Popular News