We finally know why SpaceX’s latest Starship exploded

SpaceX’s Starship program has been moving along nicely for some time now. The company has been conducting ever more ambitious flight tests as it creeps closer and closer to eventually sending the big, shiny spacecraft into, well, space. That being said, there’s one aspect of Starship testing that hasn’t exactly gone to plan, and that’s the whole "landing in one piece" thing. SpaceX has yet to punctuate a high-altitude Starship flight with a successful landing that doesn’t end with the spacecraft in multiple small pieces, and that’s not great news.

The latest test of a prototype — Starship prototype SN11 in this case — ended a bit earlier than SpaceX would have hoped when the spacecraft exploded as it was headed down to Earth for its landing attempt. At the time, the thick fog and poor camera angles made it difficult to see what happened and even more difficult to guess what caused it, but SpaceX boss Elon Musk just weighed in and he seems pretty confident that he knows what went wrong.

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