SpaceX’s futuristic spacecraft’s first high-altitude test flight was halted at the last second in Texas on Tuesday.
SpaceX almost launched a prototype of the rocket that company chief Elon Musk is designing to transport people to Mars. The goal was to shoot Starship at an elevation of eight miles (12.5 kilometers) the highest to date, then return it to a vertical landing.
But an automatic engine shutdown occurred with only 1.3 seconds remaining in the countdown. SpaceX announced on its webcast that it was done for the day, and there was no word on when it might try again.
SpaceX has already completed five Starship test flights, but these older, simpler models did not exceed 150 meters. engines.
SpaceX has taken over Boca Chica in the far southeast of Texas, near the Mexican border, to build and test its spacecraft. The company intends to use Starships the top tier atop the Super Heavy boosters to send huge satellites into orbit around Earth and send people and goods to the Moon and Mars.
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