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SpaceX flew Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, for the second time ever today – and even though both the Super Heavy booster and the Starship upper stage had to be blown up in mid-air, it was still a huge success for the company best known for taking a rapidly iterative approach to hardware development.
The rocket lifted off at 7:03 AM CST from SpaceX’s massive Starship development and launch facilities near Boca Chica, Texas. At liftoff, all 33 Raptor engines on the Super Heavy booster were lit and none went out during the mission, which is a huge improvement from the first launch, which lost around six engines between lift-off and flight.
the automated flgiht termination system on the upper stage appears to have triggered
rapid unscheduled disassembly
SpaceX successfully conducted the second integrated flight test of its Starship rocket, which is considered the most powerful rocket ever built. Despite the fact that both the Super Heavy booster and the Starship upper stage had to be destroyed in mid-air, the mission was still considered a significant achievement for SpaceX. The rocket lifted off from the company’s facilities near Boca Chica, Texas, with all 33 Raptor engines on the Super Heavy booster functioning throughout the mission, a notable improvement from the first launch. The automated flight termination system on the upper stage is believed to have triggered a rapid unscheduled disassembly. Further details are yet to be revealed.