SpaceX Starship SN10 Makes ‘Soft Touchdown’ then Bursts Into Flames at Boca Chica

SpaceX SN10

Starship SN10 launched and made a “soft touchdown” back to Earth Wednesday as part of a short hop test flight. But moments later, the rocket leaped off the pad, was propelled into air and burst into flames.

The SpaceX terminology of “soft touchdown” indicated that the landing wasn’t exactly according to plan as Starship’s landing legs were not utilized fully. But the rocket did not explode until several minutes after the landing.

Starship 10 launched went into low Earth orbit, did a “bellyflop” maneuver and returned to Boca Chica. The vehicle was on fire, but it was upright. However, after the SpaceX broadcast ended, the broadcasters at NASA Space Flight carried footage of the explosion.

SN 10 laying on the pad after explosion - Courtesy of NASA Space Flight
SN 10 laying on the pad after explosion – Courtesy of NASA Space Flight

The test flight had been postponed from earlier in the day Wednesday.

Watch the SpaceX replay here

Watch NASA Space Flight footage here.