Prototype rocket ruptures during SpaceX pressure test

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Published on November 21, 2019 - Duration: 00:50s

Prototype rocket ruptures during SpaceX pressure test

SpaceX's Starship rocket prototype ruptured during pressure testing at the space company's Texas facility on Wednesday.


Prototype rocket ruptures during SpaceX pressure test

Video obtained by Reuters showed chunks of the prototype falling after the rocket ruptured in the company's facility in Boca Chica.

The prototype - dubbed the Mk1 - was unveiled in September this year when SpaceX CEO Elon Musk outlined a speedy development timeline for the Starship program, which was meant to bring humanity to the moon and Mars.

In a tweet, Musk said that the company would no longer fly the Mk1 prototype and will instead move on to a newer iteration.

"This had some value as a manufacturing pathfinder, but flight design is quite different," Musk said in the tweet.

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