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"The FAA will oversee the investigation of today’s landing mishap involving the SpaceX Starship SN9 prototype in Boca Chica, Texas," the statement continued. "Although this was an uncrewed test flight, the investigation will identify the root cause of today’s mishap and possible opportunities to further enhance safety as the program develops."

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The Starship architecture consists of two elements, both of which are designed to be fully and rapidly reusable: A 165-foot-tall (50 meters) spacecraft called Starship and a huge rocket known as Super Heavy. Both will be powered by SpaceX's next-generation Raptor engines — six for Starship and about 30 for Super Heavy, which will get the spacecraft off Earth. (Starship will be powerful enough to launch itself off the moon and Mars, Musk has said.)

The static fire was successful, but the vehicle started leaking oxygen and methane, due to a GSE pipe becoming disconnected. Moments after the static fire, the vehicle exploded.

SN9 didn’t manage to slow itself down enough or get vertical for landing.  The vehicle hit the touchdown site hard about 6.5 minutes after liftoff, exploding in a massive fireball much as its predecessor, the three-engine SN8 prototype, did on Dec. 9.

After stage separation, the Super Heavy booster will perform a boost-back burn and a re-entry burn to slow itself down enough to return to launch site. The booster will perform a fourth and final burn to land either on or near the launch pad.

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SN9 conducted two cryo tests, followed by a static fire. Several days later, SN9 conducted three static fire tests on the same day. Two of the engines were damaged following the trifecta of static fires. They were swapped out and SN9 successfully static fired for a fifth time.

Musk and SpaceX apparently held out some hope that the necessary approval could come in time for a launch today (Jan. 29): Residents of Boca Chica Village, the Gulf Coast hamlet adjacent to the SpaceX site, were reportedly told to evacuate this morning. But those evacuation orders were later rescinded, and the flight will now officially occur no earlier than Monday.

SN9 won't be the last Starship prototype to get off the ground. Indeed, SpaceX just rolled the SN10 vehicle toward the launch pad, where it will soon begin its prelaunch checkouts.

The history of Starship goes back to at least 2012 when it was known as Mars Colonial Transporter. At that time, it wasn’t much more than a few murmurings from Elon, but more detailed plans were unveiled in 2016 at the International Astronautical Congress. A two-stage carbon-fiber vehicle was announced. The vehicle, now dubbed Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), would be 122 meters (400 ft) tall and 12 meters in diameter. In an expendable configuration, the vehicle could carry over 500 tonnes to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). In a reusable configuration, it could carry 300 tonnes to LEO, more than double that of the Saturn V.

Musk pivoted the company’s attention to Starship in May, after SpaceX successfully launched its first astronaut mission. He’s deemed Starship the company’s top priority, declaring last year in an email obtained by CNBC that the development program must accelerate “dramatically and immediately.”

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SN7 followed SN4. It was made of an entirely different steel alloy. The previous Starship prototypes used 301 stainless steel, while SN7 used 304L stainless steel. 304L steel is stronger under cryogenic temperatures. During its first cryogenic pressure test, intended to be to destruction, the vehicle didn’t pop, but rather, sprung a relatively small leak at 7.61 bar. SpaceX reinforced the failure point and conducted another pressure test a few days later. This time, the vehicle failed at the bottom bulkhead’s weld line and went several meters into the air and to the side, taking its test stand with it. The pressure SN7 reached during its second test is still unknown but was presumably an acceptable pressure. SN7.1 was tested a couple of months later. SN7.1, like SN2, tested a new thrust puck design. After several aborted attempts, SN7.1 was tested to destruction on September 23.