SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 Blows Its Top

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Could a Critical Failure During a Pressure Test Spell Doom for SpaceX’s Starship Program? SpaceX Says Absolutely Not.

Covering SpaceX is a bit like covering cholesterol in eggs back in the 1990s. If you’re too young to remember that phenomenon, back then it seemed like there was a new study every week that contradicted the last study about whether or not to eat eggs. The first study came out and said they were super high in cholesterol, so you should never eat them. Then a week later another study would come out and say no, it’s only the yolks that are bad, so just eat the egg whites. Of course, the next week, there’d be a study that said eggs are completely fine because they only contain “good” cholesterol. At some point, most of us were saying to ourselves, “Meh, I just want an omelet.” Just like that nincompoopery, SpaceX seems to be doing well one day, then the next day disaster strikes. Such was the case on Wednesday afternoon with SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 prototype. 

I literally posted on Wednesday about how well Starship did during a pressure test. Now today I have to show you a video of the thing blowing up. We’re on a rocket-coaster ride, it seems.

Here’s What Happened to SpaceX’s Starship:

A Max-Pressure Test

According to SpaceX, the result of the test was neither unexpected nor a major setback. Officials say that SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 prototype was never meant to fly in the first place. They also point out that finding design flaws like this in early testing is helpful. Particularly before they get to the flight stage. Furthermore, SpaceX says that because this was a max-pressure test, the result was not at all unexpected. The idea behind such a test is to push the craft to its limits. In this case, those limits resulted in a spectacularly dramatic explosion. Cool for us. Bad for them? Maybe. 

Musk seems confident as ever, tweeting that it’s time to move on to Mk3 (What about Mk2, Elon?). However, Musk always seems confident and unphased. It’s part of his brand. As much as I like to point out dear Elon’s flaws, though, I am rooting for SpaceX in the long run. Their success helps to represent the success of mankind. Especially in partnership with NASA. So now that SpaceX’s Starship is on ice for a moment, perhaps we’ll see some good news about Crew Dragon coming our way soon. One can only hope.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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