The second full-scale test flight of the Starship prototype spacecraft developed by SpaceX ended in another crash landing with an explosion.
Ilon Musk’s company launched the new Starship prototype from the southeast tip of Texas on Tuesday. The shiny stainless steel rocket reached its planned altitude of more than 9.5 kilometers over the Gulf of Mexico.
All seemed to be going well when Starship went sideways and began descending.
It failed to straighten out for a landing and crashed into the ground just as the previous prototype did in December.
Musk is developing Starship for a human mission to Mars.