A SPACEX Starship exploded on take-off after a dramatic pressure failure while testing for potential missions to Mars, spearheaded by Elon Musk.
The prototype of the next-generation SN1 vehicle suffered a dramatic anomaly which sent stainless steel cylinders flying in Texas on Friday.
Shocking footage captured by a Boca Chica local near SpaceX's operations showed the botched pressurization test conducted at around 10 pm, reports Florida Today.
But the prototype failed to contain the liquid nitrogen, sending the cylinder careering off its stand resulting in a huge pile of steel debris.
The epic fail was captured for nasaspaceflight.com and posted to YouTube – but trial and error is part of Musk's test-fail-fix philosophy with SpaceX.
The rocket was supposed to take a short sub-orbital flight and this iss the second time one of Musk's SN1s has exploded – another SN1 failed a cryogenic pressure test in November.
Testing didn't quite go according to plan this week either as Musk's prototype couldn't contain the liquid nitrogen and the rocket's mangled remains could be seen at the site on Saturday.
Musk is currently battling billionaires like Jeff Bezos, who set up rocket startup Blue Origin in 2000, in the American space race.
SpaceX was granted permission to start building Starships at the Port of Los Angeles in California – and its CEO is betting on the vehicle to bring people to the red planet and carve out a home for them there.
The new vehicle is set to take off from the Texas launch site and Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A, with the Super Heavy booster as its ride once production gets into full swing.
But Musk has some stiff competition from the richest man in the world, who reportedly hired SpaceX's former vice president of satellites Rajeev Badyal last year.
But the SpaceX CEO is determined about his brainchild two years after proclaiming "[the] Starship will look like liquid silver."
Only last month, they successfully launched an emergency abort system test into the Atlantic Ocean.
At the Kennedy Space Center, a Falcon 9 rocket blasted off – but one minute later, the Dragon Crew capsule's engines ignited, sending it flying from the booster.
The rocket engines shut down and the booster was destroyed in a blaze but thrusters on the capsule propelled it out of harm's way just before the fire ignited.
It reached 27 miles before parachuting into the ocean just offshore of the Florida Space Coast in a successful nine-minute testing bid.
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