Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket burst into flames Thursday minutes after launching.
The Starship rocket was launched from Texas and carried no people or satellites.
Video footage posted to Twitter shows the rocket take off before the main engine was cut off nearly three minutes into launch. As soon as the main engine was cut off the rocket began to flip downward before bursting into flames.
The tallest and most powerful rocket ever built launching. The liftoff of SpaceX Starship pic.twitter.com/meav59yVmn
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) April 20, 2023
Starship Super Heavy has experienced an anomaly before stage separation! 💥 pic.twitter.com/MVw0bonkTi
— Primal Space (@thePrimalSpace) April 20, 2023
Musk reacted to the launch, tweeting “Congrats SpaceX team on an exciting test launch of Starship! Learned a lot for next test launch in a few months.”
Congrats @SpaceX team on an exciting test launch of Starship!
Learned a lot for next test launch in a few months. pic.twitter.com/gswdFut1dK
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 20, 2023
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available.