SpaceX explains why the Starship shuttle exploded

AA | Tuesday, April 06, 2021 – 17:45 | Last Updated: 06 04 2021 – 17:45

SpaceX, the US rocket and space shuttle manufacturer, reported that the test launch of the Starship shuttle SN11 prototype failed on March 30 was due to a fuel leak in the landing ignition engine.

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, said on his Twitter account that the shuttle successfully performed the elevation, transition to horizontal position and controlled free fall phases, but the methane gas leaking from the ignition engine during the landing maneuver caused an explosion.

Musk stated that they aim to fix the fault by Sunday.

In the test conducted by SpaceX at the Boca Chica test site in Texas, it was announced that the lead-shaped steel construction shuttle, which climbed to an altitude of about 10 thousand meters, began to descend after taking a horizontal position in the air, and it exploded when approaching the ground, unable to take a vertical position again.

Previous test launches of the shuttle on December 9, 2020, February 2 and March 3 also resulted in an explosion on landing.

SpaceX aims to use the Starship on manned lunar and Mars expeditions.