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SpaceX's "Starhopper" explodes in flames during a static fire test – TechCrunch
The test vehicle of SpaceX a small demonstration ship for some of the starship components then ignited, which looks like a leak or fuel ejection after another successful static fire test last night. It is unclear why the ship suddenly burst into flames or was seriously or even superficially damaged.
Starcomputer, as SpaceX called it, is a much smaller version of the ship that the company owns in development designed to test them in a live fire environment and even perform short flights called hops – hence the name. It is assembled and operated at SpaceX's facilities in Boca Chica, Texas.
The big glossy ship looks a bit like a toy, but it's a functioning rocket and was scheduled this week to take a flight of about 20 meters, a step above the short-knit flights she's already done. Last night's research on the engines seemed to have led to an anomaly. around the base of the engines. A stream of liquid (very likely water) is directed at it, at which point the entire rocket appears to ignite under an impressive fireball ̵
1; then it does it again a few seconds later. You can see the whole process (in 4K no less) in Everyday Astronaut's video: