LOOK. Mega rocket Starship successfully launched, Super Heavy booster explodes after disconnection | Science & Planet

The American space company SpaceX has successfully launched the Starship, the largest and most powerful rocket ever built. During the previous test flight in April, the launch was successful, but SpaceX deliberately detonated the rocket.

The launch again took place at SpaceX’s Starbase test site on Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville, Texas. It was the company’s second test flight of Starship and Super Heavy booster, the largest and most powerful rocket ever built. SpaceX launched its first Starship test flight in April, but it exploded shortly after launch. After this failed attempt, SpaceX made many changes. For example, they introduced a new ‘hot-stage separation system’ and ‘electronic Thrust Vector Control (TVC) system’ for the Super Heavy Raptor engines. In addition, the launch platform was also reinforced and equipped with a water cooling system.

The second flight will follow the same route as the first test, launching Starship to a target location off the coast of Hawaii to test re-entry and landing techniques, while the Super Heavy booster makes a landing in the Gulf of Mexico.

LOOK. SpaceX successfully launched the Starship mega rocket in April, although it exploded a few minutes after lift-off

People look on as SpaceX’s next-generation Starship spacecraft is prepared for test launch from the company’s Boca Chica launchpad near Brownsville, Texas, US November 17, 2023. REUTERS/Go Nakamura © REUTERS