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SpaceX Starship prototype blows its top | BBC

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SpaceX’s rocket prototype, Starship, went through pressurization testing, and the result of it was a vehicle rupture. Used to transport people and cargo off Earth to global destinations, Starship is the future’s all-purpose transportation system. It was pressurized to the max, but it was not an unexpected outcome. SpaceX believes in “build, test and iterate” and is not afraid of these failures. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, announced that the Mk-1 prototype will no longer undergo testing, and will be retired. Mk-3 is already being directed for development work. In many ways, it will be better than Mk-1, which is a result of their “build, test and iterate” strategy. It will be built faster; it will be capable of going into orbit; and it will have a reusable design, meaning the vehicle and it’s booster, Super Heavy, will be able to make a controlled landing following a mission. For now, NASA only sees Starship going to the moon; however, due to recent rapid development and success of SpaceX, the rocket industry might end up racing to catch up.

Source: https://www.bbc.com

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