SpaceX Touts Failed Rocket Test A Success

SpaceX’s recently conducted second Starship rocket test flight is a success for the company, despite the fact that the mega-rocket exploded over the Gulf of Mexico. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been fine-tuning its Starship rocket, which they hope to one day use to take people to the moon, Mars, and possibly even other planets.

Though Starship’s second test flight did end in explosions, the test went remarkably better than the first test flight SpaceX conducted earlier this year. During this second test, the rocket successfully took off and later separated from its booster.

Now, SpaceX is intent on learning from what worked — and what didn’t. Regardless, they’re touting this test as a major success for them to make an even better rocket.

In a statement, SpaceX said, “Starship successfully lifted off under the power of all 33 Raptor engines on the Super Heavy Booster and made it through a successful stage separation.”

The company continued, saying, “The booster experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly after its boost back burn following the successful stage separation while Starship’s 6-second stage Raptor engines fired for several minutes as the Ship climbed to an altitude of ~150 kilometers.”

The test was supposed to see the Starship rocket reach orbit and then travel almost completely around the world for a few hours. It was then supposed to splash down into the Pacific Ocean safely. However, the vehicle and the booster exploded before it was able to do this.

According to SpaceX, these two explosions happened about eight minutes after takeoff. Now, the company will look at all of this “invaluable data” to better the mega-rocket.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires a full investigation into what went wrong with the rocket, and why it exploded before SpaceX can conduct another test flight. The FAA will oversee this investigation to ensure that SpaceX follows all rules and regulations.

SpaceX’s owner Elon Musk has seemingly already begun to investigate aspects of the Starship launch as well. Musk took to X to post that the Starship launch pad remains in “great condition”, even after the test. Therefore, it seems they won’t have to refurbish the pad for another takeoff or test.

SpaceX remains confident that this test has helped them move one step closer to a successful Starship. “With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and today’s test will help us improve Starship’s reliability as SpaceX seeks to make life multi-planetary,” the company said.