SpaceX’s Starship Prototype Collapsed In Cryogenic Test On Friday Written 6 April 2020


SpaceX (2018) rendition of the Starship/Super Heavy's ascent | SpaceX; Wikipedia; CC0

Spaceflight Now reported that SpaceX’s SN3 prototype Starship space vehicle “collapsed during pressure testing early Friday at the company’s facility in South Texas – the program’s third failure during such testing since November – but assembly of a new version is already underway.” The “stainless steel cylinder appeared to rupture near its top after filling with super-cold liquid nitrogen overnight at SpaceX’s launch site at Boca Chica, Texas. Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and CEO, tweeted early Friday that the accident may have been the result of a ‘test configuration mistake.’”
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