The fog was unusually thick at the launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, making visibility pretty terrible.


At this point exactly what went wrong is not known, though the explosion did manage to send debris flying as far as five miles away from the launchpad, which is impressive in its own way.

Elon Musk, the reclusive, barely known CEO of SpaceX even managed to have a pretty good line about the explosion, noting that at least it exploded in the right spot:


An unintended side effect of the explosion also seems to be that well-known space YouTuber Everyday Astronaut may have lost a lot of expensive camera equipment in the blast. Sorry to hear that!

One of the goals of Starship is to develop a re-usable launcher as a way to significantly reduce the cost of launching things into orbit (or beyond). That’d be great, but first SpaceX need to keep them from exploding, usually considered a significant hinderance to re-usability.


There’s already a lunar-orbiting flight for Starship planned for 2023; I’m not really confident they’ll make that date, but I do think it’ll get there, eventually.

Oh, and as a reminder to the Elonians who always come out for posts about SpaceX or Tesla, I feel like I should make a few points clear:

1. I’d love to see Starship actually work

2. I understand a lot of important data can be collected from failure

3. Exploding rockets are almost always newsworthy, and will get reported on.

Hope that helps.