A test version of SpaceX’s next-generation rocket, Starship, Mk 1, partially burst apart during ground tests in Texas. The vehicle, not fully assembled at the time.
“The purpose of today’s test was to pressurize systems to the max, so the outcome was not completely unexpected,” a spokesperson for SpaceX told media. Starship is a big spacecraft the company is working on to transport cargo and people to deep space destinations like the Moon and Mars. In September, Elon Musk claimed the test vehicle could be doing flights to low altitudes within the next couple of months and that some version of Starship could reach Earth orbit within six months. But now, after this failed test, Musk wrote on Twitter that SpaceX will conduct flight tests with a newer, more up-to-date model, Mark 3, that the company planned to build.
In few words, the next step will be to mpve to a never design. A prototype called Mark 2 will be already tested before at Cape Canaveral. Starship Mk1 and Mk2 were originally characterized as high-altitude test flight vehicles. Founded in 2002, SpaceX’s mission is to enable humans to become a spacefaring civilization and a multi-planet species by building a self-sustaining city on Mars. In 2018, Musk revealed that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the company's first paying customer for a Starship mission, which will send the entrepreneur and six to eight of his favorite artists on a week-long flight past the moon and back to Earth in 2023.