SpaceX’s ‘Starship’ was ‘lost’ on reentry after reaching space

SpaceX‘s most powerful rocket blasted off on another test flight on Thursday and made it farther than its two previous attempts, only to get destroyed upon its fiery reentry to Earth.

About 40 minutes after the rocket’s liftoff from Boca Chica, Texas, the astronautics company lost signal with the rocket as it flew over the Gulf of Mexico, almost reaching its goal before turning into a fiery ball. It reached temperatures hotter than 2,500 degrees as it soared over and splashed into the Indian Ocean. 

Starship’s Raptor engine burn is complete and Starship has entered a coast phase

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 14, 2024

This third attempt is a success for SpaceX. Last year, two test flights exploded just minutes after takeoff due to heavy engine shutdowns and detachment malfunction. 

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