Starship completes first successful launch of Starship

SpaceX's next-generation Starship spacecraft atop its powerful Super Heavy rocket self-destructs after its launch from the company's Boca Chica launchpad on a brief uncrewed test flight near Brownsville, Texas, U.S. April 20, 2023 in a still image from video. SpaceX/Handout via REUTERS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

After a few days of delays, SpaceX completed the first launch of Starship.

Initially, the launch seemed to go off without a hitch, with all 33 engines igniting and launching the world’s heaviest rocket towards space.

However, a few minutes after launch, Starship experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly before stage separation. Otherwise known as an unplanned explosion.

Even with the explosion, the SpaceX team was excited.

It is not uncommon to have explosions or other issues on test flights. In fact, this is why space companies complete uncrewed tests to work out problems and gather data.

Elon Musk took to Twitter to congratulate the SpaceX team and note they have a lot to learn ahead of the next Starship launch in a few months.

The explosion happened over the water with no apparent injuries or property damage.

SpaceX will need a new launch licence from the Federal Aviation Administration ahead of its next test. However, we do not expect it to take as long as the first launch licence.

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