: Construction began in March , . Testing begins later this month? This failure has to be a disappointment in that the prototype rocket failed for a third time before getting to Raptor engine tests. And after the SN1 failure, Musk said
he told his engineers, “In the future, you treat that rocket like it’s your baby, and you do not send it to the test site unless you think your baby’s going to be OK.”
This baby was not OK.
However, the reality is that SpaceX is now hardware rich, having built up a capacity in South Texas to increasing build newer and more advanced prototypes of the Starship vehicle. The likelihood of failures is baked into a privately funded program that builds, tests, fails, learns, and then restarts the cycle. So Musk and his engineers will learn from this failure and likely begin to test SN4 later this month.
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