SpaceX Reveals Reason Starship First Test Flight Exploded in Texas

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SPACEX: vehicle experienced multiple engines out during flight test, lost altitude and began to tumble

ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX launches first Starship Test Flight. Moments later, the rocket would explode by order of a self-destruct sequence administered by the SpaceX team due to rapid unscheduled disassembly before stage separation.

(FOX BUSINESS) – SpaceX revealed that it activated its “flight termination system” Thursday during the first test flight of the Starship and Super Heavy rocket.

The nearly 400-foot-tall Starship — the biggest and most powerful rocket ever built, with 33 engines — was essentially told to self-destruct as it veered off its planned course. It was carrying no people or satellites when it launched from southern Texas.

“The vehicle experienced multiple engines out during the flight test, lost altitude and began to tumble. The flight termination system was commanded on both the booster and ship,” SpaceX said in a statement, noting that the vehicle had climbed to the highest apogee of any other in its fleet to-date.

The whole test last for about four minutes before the rocket fell into water. A previous attempt on Monday had been scrubbed due to a frozen booster valve.