“Yeah, actually, it’s not good. The team is assessing the damage”. Elon Musk reacted quickly on Twitter after the explosion of a Starship thruster on Monday. The technical incident occurred during a startup test at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility in Texas, Phonandroid reports.
An incident that could be linked to cryogenic fuel
Impressive images of the explosion quickly circulated on social networks. The reason for the incident could come from the cryogenic fuel used.
“Cryogenic fuel is an additional challenge because it evaporates to create a fuel-air explosion hazard in a partially oxygenated atmosphere like Earth’s,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explained.
A complicated period for billionaire Elon Musk
This explosion could undermine SpaceX’s plan, which intended to place its Starship spacecraft in orbit this year before considering the first manned flights to Mars by 2030.
For the American billionaire, this bad news is a new blow. He is already facing legal setbacks related to the takeover of Twitter and his self-driving and electric car company Tesla is currently facing serious financial difficulties.