Tesla boss Elon Musk wanted to shoot a new missile about 12 kilometers into the air. That went wrong: shortly before take-off, the test flight was canceled.
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Just 1.3 seconds before launch, a problem with the engine caused a test of space company SpaceX’s new rocket to be aborted. The attempt, in which the “Starship” prototype with serial number 8 is supposed to rise to an altitude of about 12.5 kilometers, has to be made up for in the coming days. In the previous tests, the prototypes have only been shot to about 150 meters. The purpose of the experiments is to test individual elements of the new missile. According to plans from SpaceX chief Elon Musk, “Starship” will one day carry cargo and people to the Moon and Mars.
Missile was turned off automatically
Tuesday’s cancellation was triggered by the rocket engine’s automatic shutdown, as SpaceX announced on Twitter. Musk wants to make “Starship” completely reusable. In SpaceX’s current “Falcon” rockets, only some of the stairs land back on Earth for reuse.
SpaceX develops and tests the missiles in Texas. Musk said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that this was one of the reasons he moved there from Los Angeles. In addition, electric car maker Tesla, whose boss is also Musk, is currently building a new factory in Texas. There the pick-up “Cybertruck” and the electric trailer of the company are built.