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Why did SpaceX’s Starship prototype explode?

March 5th, 2021

Despite a launchpad abort and a rapidly-closing launch window, SpaceX managed to launch its Starship prototype SN10 on Wednesday, much to the delight of rocket fans around the globe. The takeoff went perfectly, and as the commentary on the live stream was sure to explain, everything about how the launch proceeded went as planned. The …

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SpaceX blew up a Starship tank… on purpose!

September 24th, 2020

SpaceX tested the pressure capacity of one of its starship tanks the best way possible: by filling it up until it exploded. The planned explosion and failure helped SpaceX engineers better understand the limits of the hardware as they plan the next version. SpaceX’s Starship will eventually travel to Mars if everything works out as …

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NASA satellites reveal full scope of Beirut devastation

August 10th, 2020

NASA has crunched the data from satellite images to show the true extent of the damage to Beirut after an explosion rocked the city last week. By comparing before and after images, the system can detect where the most serious damage occurred. Maps like this help emergency responders direct resources to areas where survivors may …

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SpaceX Starship prototype explodes during pressure testing

April 3rd, 2020

SpaceX Starship prototype SN3 was destroyed during a pressure test early this morning, producing a massive cloud of steam before the vehicle crumpled and collapsed.  This is now the second time a Starship prototype has endured such a failure during pressure testing, with a similar incident occurring back in November 2019.  Elon Musk notes that …

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Here’s when you can watch SpaceX blow up a rocket (on purpose!)

January 11th, 2020

In its pursuit of revolutionizing many aspects of the space industry, SpaceX has never been shy about its failures. In fact, it’s made a habit of celebrating them at every opportunity, casually poking fun at all of its own shortcomings, many of which resulted in rockets exploding when they definitely weren’t supposed to. Next week, …

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon blew up in April, but it’s alive again

November 14th, 2019

SpaceX has enjoyed many successes in 2019. It delivered many satellites into orbit for its clients, it launched the Falcon Heavy again, and it sent an empty Crew Dragon to the International Space Station in a successful demonstration of its crew-ferrying capabilities. It was all going so well… until it didn’t. Unfortunately, a static fire …

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SpaceX finally knows why its Crew Dragon exploded

July 16th, 2019

NASA’s commercial crew program has seen more than its fair share of delays in recent years as both SpaceX and Boeing have had to push back their timelines due to a variety of issues. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon appeared to be making good progress as of late, with an uncrewed flight to the International Space Station …