A prototype of SpaceX's Starship rocket (SN 10) exploded during a landing attempt exactly minutes after a high-altitude experimental launch from Boca Chica, Texas. It was a test model of the heavy-lift rocket being developed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private space company to carry humans and 100 tons of cargo on future missions to the moon and Mars.
The self-guided, 16-story-tall rocket launched from its Gulf Coast launch pad; at first it seems flawless from SpaceX's live stream coverage during lift-off. After reaching its peak altitude of about 10 kilometres, the spacecraft then drifted momentarily in mid-air, shut off its engines and executed a strategic "belly-flop" manoeuvre to descend nose-down under aerodynamic control back toward Earth.
Musk is highly confident that his SpaceX would launch an unscrewed Starship to Mars in 2024, followed by a crewed mission in 2026, it also takes journey both around the Earth and to off-world destinations such as the Moon and Mars. It will feature possibly 28 Raptors, producing more than 70 mega newtons of thrust to send men to the Moon.
SpaceX envisions Star ships are now replacing its existing Falcon rockets. These vehicles carry out regular missions both crewed and unscrewed for the US Space Agency (NASA), the American military, and other commercial concerns.
Previously, SN8 and SN9 met same fate. Both vehicles failed to adopt the correct alignment and reduction in speed and witness failure in launch.