SpaceX Test Causes a Dumpfire—Literally

First, the good news: SpaceX successfully ignited all six engines on its Starship S24 prototype during a static fire test.

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                                                            Now the bad. The test caused a super-hot hailstorm of debris to scatter hundreds of feet away from the rocket, causing a brush fire that "began to burn unusually aggressively, quickly growing into walls of flames that sped across the terrain," according to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-six-engine-test-brush-fire/" rel="follow noopener">the website Teslarati</a>.

The fire raged in all directions, eventually finding its way to, you guessed it, a SpaceX dumpster, which burned for hours. Local fire crews were called to Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, to put out the fire. A video of the incident can be found on YouTube.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has not commented publicly on the mishap. But he has touted the gigantic new Starship as a vehicle that can transport humans to the moon, Mars, and beyond. It’s “a generalized transport mechanism for the greater solar system,” said Musk.

Starship is powered by Raptor engines, a huge first-stage booster called Super Heavy, and a 165-foot-tall upper-stage spacecraft called Starship.

SpaceX is gearing up for a landmark Starship orbital mission later this year.

News Article Courtesy Of Jonathan Small »