What Mission Control called a “beautiful launch” led to a spectacular crash landing for Space-X at their South Texas facility yesterday. The company run by Elon Musk launched a rocket about six miles into the skies above Texas...and when it reached its peak, it flipped over and then floated back to the ground. The goal was to get it to land on the launchpad, but instead it exploded upon impact.
While the effect on SpaceX’s plans for Mars aren’t clear, they’re still at work. SpaceX is planning to launch its latest fleet of Starlink mini-satellites from the Kennedy Space Center tomorrow. The window for the 18th Starlink mission, designed to bring broadband internet to the entire world, is between 5:47a and 6:08am ET.