Update (0941ET): Elon Musk explains what went wrong this morning:
"Looks like engine 2 had issues on ascent & didn’t reach operating chamber pressure during landing burn, but, in theory, it wasn’t needed. Something significant happened shortly after landing burn start. Should know what it was once we can examine the bits later today."
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Elon Musk's SpaceX launched Starship prototype rocket Serial Number 11, or SN11, on Tuesday morning as high as 10 kilometers, or about 32,800 feet in altitude. Preliminary reports state the rocket may have experienced trouble during a landing maneuver.
*SPACEX STARSHIP FAILS IN TEST FLIGHT DURING DESCENT— *Walter Bloomberg (@DeItaone) March 30, 2021
Senior Transportation Correspondent for ABC News, David Kerley, tweeted an image of the SN11 debris raining down on the launch pad, suggesting the spaceship experienced some disaster.
Here's the video of pieces of SN11 falling from the sky.
SpaceX is developing Starship to launch cargo to the moon and Mars.
The SN11 flight is similar to prior ones (SN8, SN9, and SN10) in the past four months - all have launched successfully and completed multiple development objectives but usually end in disaster.