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April 3, 2020 01:10 pm

A third prototype of SpaceXs Starship rocket bursts on the test stand

Image: Screengrab from LapPadre livstream

A third prototype of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket, Starship, broke apart during a pressure test at the company’s test site in Boca Chica, Texas. Early this morning, the test vehicle crumpled and then collapsed in on itself after it had been filled up with super cold propellant, according to a video live stream recorded by locals in the area.

It’s yet another very visible test failure for SpaceX’s Starship, which is supposed to launch people and cargo to deep-space destinations someday. SpaceX lost one Starship test article in March when the vehicle imploded during a similar pressure test. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk blamed that failure on a bad “puck” at the base of the vehicle. Another Starship prototype also burst apart in November during...

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