Friday 6 December 2019

Musk's Starship prototype to be scrapped after major test failure

In a tweet, SpaceX CEO Mr Musk said that the ship would be retired. Photo: Loren Elliott/Getty Images
In a tweet, SpaceX CEO Mr Musk said that the ship would be retired. Photo: Loren Elliott/Getty Images

Alan Thompson

Elon Musk's SpaceX Starship rocket prototype has suffered a major failure during testing in Texas.

SpaceX bills its Starship as an all-purpose transport system of the future. It will be used to ferry people and cargo off Earth as well as around the globe.

The Mk-1 prototype was due to begin practice flights to an altitude of 20km.

In a tweet, SpaceX CEO Mr Musk said that could no longer happen and the ship would be retired.

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Development work is already being directed at another prototype, the Mk-3.

"[Mk-1] had some value as a manufacturing pathfinder, but flight design is quite different," Mr Musk told followers on social media.

A statement issued by SpaceX read: "The purpose of the test was to pressurise systems to the max, so the outcome was not completely unexpected."

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