• SpaceX conducted a pressure test for the Starship SN1 prototype
  • The prototype exploded during the event
  • Starship will deliver cargo and crew to Mars

SpaceX carried out an important test procedure for the prototype of its Starship SN1. Videos from the event show the prototype exploding and launching into the air.

The Starship SN1 is a test prototype SpaceX developed for its proposed reusable rocket. As noted by the company, Starship is being designed to serve as a reusable spacecraft that can provide commercial flight services to space.

On Feb. 28, SpaceX headed to its launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas to text the Starship SN1. For the procedure, the company carried out a pressure test to determine the threshold of the spacecraft.

As Starship SN1 was subjected to immense pressure, its midsection started to compress as an explosion erupted from the bottom of the spacecraft. The blast sent the Starship SN1 flying into the air. It seemed to have exploded again shortly after it crashed to the ground, reported.

Videos taken during the event show the devastation that the Starship SN1 prototype went through. One of these videos was shared by Spadre, a tourism site that promotes destinations in South Padre Island in Texas.

NASA Spaceflight also shared the video on YouTube. The short clip focuses on the actual moment when the prototype spacecraft exploded.

SpaceX has not yet issued an official statement to address the results of the test last week. Based on its outcome, the company will most likely carry out improvements on the Starship’s design in order to make it more suitable for spaceflights.

As noted by SpaceX, Starship will become the most powerful launch vehicle once it is ready. It will use a reusable system that will enable it to transport cargo and crew to and from various space destinations such as Mars.

“SpaceX's Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket (collectively referred to as Starship) represent a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond,” the company stated.

“Starship will be the world's most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, with the ability to carry in excess of 100 metric tons to Earth orbit,” SpaceX continued.

Starship passenger rocket
Elon Musk before a computer generated illustration of Starship, the new crewed rocket from SpaceX. The company has said it will use this rocket to transport passengers on ultra-long flights on Earth. PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images