SpaceX lost its fourth prototype of the spacecraft after the launch of serial number 11 (SN11) that saw the rocket take off and disappear into a thick blanket of fog and fall onto the launch pad, and the SN11 was launched from the company’s test facility in Boca Chica, Texas, but minutes after the first test on High altitude, the live broadcast froze, and SpaceX engineer John Innsbrucker, who hosted the live broadcast, said: ‘Starship 11 will not return, do not wait for the landing,’ adding, “It seems we have lost all the data from the car.”
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, at the time of the announcement, the SN11 was still flying in the sky, but it collapsed moments later.
Elon Musk, CEO, issued a statement on Twitter shortly after the accident saying, “The engine 2 has issues with ascent and did not reach operating room pressure during downward combustion, but in theory, it was not needed.”
“Something important happened shortly after the start of the flare-up of the landing phase, we must know what it was like later today,” Musk emphasized.
NASA captured the event from cameras near the launch pad, which saw the Starship SN11 forcefully descend and debris came past the camera near the platform.
Sources at the site say the missile appeared to rotate more on its axis than previous flights, indicating that the SN11 may have experienced problems during the flip-over maneuver.
Model SN11 took off, flying over the test facility as it tried to hit a target six miles in the sky, however, 2.5 minutes into its flight, SpaceX’s live broadcast froze, leaving the ground team in the dark, and moments later, a thunderous sound was heard, and the sky around The launch pad and debris began to fall from the sky.