Elon Musk is having a rough week — one of his SpaceX rockets ignited into a massive ball of fire Friday, and yet … there’s still some good news.
The company’s 4th prototype of its Starship rocket was fueled up on a south Texas launch pad when it burst into flames. You could hear SpaceX engineers discussing something about a possible methane leak, though it’s unclear if that was from the rocket or something nearby the pad.
Either way … something lit Elon’s baby on fire. Luckily, the test was unmanned — unlike the Crew Dragon spacecraft they hope to send into orbit on Saturday from Cape Canaveral.
As you know, Thursday’s launch was scrubbed due to crappy weather in Florida. Right now the launch still only has a 50-50 shot of going off as scheduled. It rains a lot in FL, and could get pushed to Sunday.
As for the Starship rocket … SpaceX hopes that will eventually be able to carry large numbers of space tourists — up to 100 at a time — into space, and eventually to Mars.
Show of hands … who wants to be first onboard?