The SpaceX ship returned to Earth in a fiery landing and exploded when it returned during the space company’s test show on Wednesday.
The company broadcast live the unmanned Starship spacecraft with a Super Heavy rocket for a high-altitude test flight on Wednesday in Cameron County, Texas. Founded and led by Elon Musk, SpaceX completed two starship low-altitude flights before launching on Wednesday.
Musk tweeted shortly after the prototype exploded and congratulated the SpaceX team for gathering the necessary data.
“The fuel tank pressure was low during the landing combustion, which caused the landing speed to be high and RUD, but we got all the necessary data!” Musk has tweeted. “Congratulations to the SpaceX team, yes!”
Then he tweeted “Mars, here we come!”
The SpaceX website repeated Musk’s description of the events after the launch, noting that the high-speed touch “resulted in a hard (and exciting!) Landing”. Prior to the explosion, the spacecraft “successfully took off, switched to propellant, and performed a landing flip maneuver.”
“Congratulations to the entire team of Starship and SpaceX for today’s test!” the company said.
The SpaceX Starship model is designed to deliver satellites to orbit at a lower cost than existing Falcon models, the company’s website said. A page on the company’s website dedicated to Starship wrote that the product is a good move for a “completely reusable shipping system,” but it seems to ease expectations about its introduction.
“With a test like this, we don’t measure success by meeting specific goals, we can learn a lot more, which informs and improves the likelihood of success in the future, as SpaceX quickly contributes to the development of Starship,” the site said.
SpaceX successfully launched the Crew Dragon capsule in May, which took the astronauts to the International Space Station. The launch was the first time a private company commercial vehicle had transported NASA astronauts into orbit.
The company did not respond immediately to NBC News’ comments on Wednesday.