Saturday, November 18, 2023

SpaceX's Starship Launch Ends in Failure Before Reaching Orbit

SpaceX's Starship

 SpaceX's Starship spacecraft triggered its automated termination system, according to the company's broadcast on Saturday.

SpaceX's Starship was forced to abort its launch before reaching orbit. It was expected to leave and reenter the Earth's atmosphere later this morning, before splashing down near the coast of Hawaii.
The spacecraft successfully separated from the Super Heavy Booster, which exploded several seconds after the hot-state separation. The booster was expected to touch down after separating in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Starship is the centerpiece of SpaceX's efforts to develop a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry humans to the Moon and on long-duration flights to Mars... and beyond. The system is designed for in-space refueling and the ability to land at destinations across the solar system, before returning to Earth. 

"A mishap occurred during the SpaceX Starship OFT-2 launch from Boca Chica, Texas, on Saturday, November 18," the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said. "The anomaly resulted in a loss of the vehicle."

No injuries or public property damage have been reported, according to the FAA.

The FAA said it will oversee SpaceX's investigation into the mishap to ensure it complies with federal regulations.

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