SpaceX's Starship, the world's largest rocket, exploded during the first test flight

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SpaceX's Starship, the world's largest rocket, exploded during the first test flight

SpaceX’s next-generation Starship, the world’s biggest rocket, exploded during its first test-flight to space near Brownsville, Texas.

About Starship

  • SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket – collectively referred to as Starship.

  • Super Heavy rocket is the first stage, or booster, of the Starship launch system.

  • It is powered by 33 Raptor engines using sub-cooled liquid methane (CH4) and liquid oxygen (LOX).

  • The Raptor engine is a reusable methane-oxygen staged-combustion engine that powers the Starship system.

  • Super Heavy is fully reusable and will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere to land back at the launch site.

  • It is a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

  • It is the world’s most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, capable of carrying up to 150 metric tons fully reusable.


  • To establish a self-sustaining human settlement on Mars.

  • To make Starship reusable, reducing the cost of spaceflight.

  • To carry both astronauts and cargo to Earth’s orbit, the Moon, Mars, and maybe even beyond.

About SpaceX

  • It is a private spaceflight company that sends satellites and people to space, including NASA crews to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • The company sent its first two astronauts to the ISS on May 30, 2020, aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon.

  • As of mid-2022, it is the only commercial spaceflight company capable of sending astronauts into space.

  • SpaceX was founded by Alan Musk, a South African-born businessman and entrepreneur.

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