Structural integrity of the vehicle lost
Video of the incident shows that the top of the prototype vehicle loses its structural integrity, causing it to fall. The explosion occurred while liquid nitrogen was being poured into the rocket’s propellant tanks, reports Gizmodo. This is the third failed test of a spacecraft prototype since the start of the project late last year.
Several prototypes needed to perfect Starship
On November 20, the prototype Mk1 exploded during a cryogenic pressure test and on February 28, the prototype SN2 exploded at the base during a cryogenic pressurization test. Musk hinted that many of these prototypes will be needed to perfect the Starship vehicle.
“We are now building the flight design of Starship SN1, but each SN will have at least minor improvements, at least via SN20 or more of Starship V1.0,” Musk tweeted.
In January, SpaceX successfully launched an emergency stop system test over Cape Canaveral and in the Atlantic Ocean.