SpaceX Starship SN4 goes to fiery grave

The last moments of Starship SN4 at Boca Chica, 29 May 2020, 1849 UT (SPadre)

A planned test of Starship SN4’s single Raptor engine was completed at 1848 UT today at Boca Chica.

Shortly after the one-minute burn, at 1849 UT, opaque white clouds emerged from leaks along the side and bottom of SN4. At least one of the leaks contained methane fuel; the cloud was ignited, setting off an explosion that damaged the test stand and blew away the prototype.

By 1850 UT it was clear that SN4 was a total loss.

Author: Fargo Orbit

The Fargo Orbit delivers science and aerospace news from a vantage point in the centre of North America.

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