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SpaceX Starship Explosion is Still a Success


Rocket's "rapid, unscheduled disassembly" highlights progress and learning opportunities.

SpaceX’s Starship rocket exploded shortly after launching from its Texas facility, but the company still considers the event a success, referring to the incident as a “rapid, unscheduled disassembly.”

Embracing the Learning Experience

An announcer on the launch live stream reminded viewers that any outcome would be deemed successful, stating, “If we lift off and clear the pad, we’re calling that a win.” The launch took place at SpaceX’s Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas, following a brief countdown delay.

Previous Attempts and Future Plans

The launch occurred after an initial attempt was scrapped on Monday. SpaceX founder Elon Musk expressed his optimism on Twitter, stating, “Learned a lot today … retrying in a few days.” Musk had also mentioned that a pressure valve on the rocket appeared to be frozen.

Starship: A Glimpse into the Future

Starship, standing at 394 feet tall, is the largest and most powerful rocket ever built, according to SpaceX. Equipped with 33 engines on the company’s never-flown Super Heavy booster, it is designed to carry people to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Methane-powered engines are considered crucial for deep space flight. The reusable rocket comprises the Starship launch vehicle atop SpaceX’s new Super Heavy booster.

Aiming for the Moon

With a $3-billion contract from NASA, SpaceX plans to land astronauts on the moon as early as 2025 using a Starship vehicle as part of the Artemis program. The company is also retrofitting one of its launchpads at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to accommodate Starships.