Watch: SpaceX's Starship Rocket Crash Lands Again
SpaceX's Starship, the latest prototype of the rocket the company hopes will one day carry humans to Mars, exploded as it attempted to land on Tuesday.
The rocket, which the company hopes will take people to Mars, has been a "top SpaceX priority," of Elon Musk. A few months after his company-wide email announcing the goal, the company unveiled the Starship prototype, with hopes of reaching Mars this year.
Starship | SN9 | High-Altitude Flight Test
Tuesday's flight was a successful liftoff; the rocket travelled 6.2 miles. But as it reignited its three engines to begin its descent, they burst into flames.
"We've just got to work on that landing a little bit," SpaceX principal integration engineer John Insprucker said in the SpaceX flight webcast.
The FAA ultimately granted its approval for the launch. It did not disclose what corrective actions were taken, reported Bloomberg.
SN8, an earlier prototype of the Starship saw a similar fate last December — it was the highest flight the company had seen, but as it returned to Earth, the rocket crash landed. Tuesday's prototype, SN9, reached 10 kilometers in altitude.
"Fuel header tank pressure was low during landing burn, causing touchdown velocity to be high & RUD, but we got all the data we needed!" Musk tweeted immediately after the rocket crashed.
SN10, the next prototype, was not harmed, though it was on a launch stand nearby, reported Ars Technica. It will likely be launched in a few weeks, for another attempt at an explosion-free landing.
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Ceres Group Holdings is becoming corporate America's biggest cannabis dealmaker out of its Century City offices.
The venture and private equity firm this week announced that its special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, would take Atlanta-based cannabis producer Parallel public in a merger that will value the Canadian-listed company at $1.88 billion.
Parallel has about 42 retail stores outside of California, but has big plans for a big expansion into L.A. sometime in the next year or two.
Joe Crouthers is the CEO of Ceres and head executive of the SPAC that bought Parallel.
As Thanksgiving approached, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti implored residents to stay home and halt all nonessential travel as COVID-19 cases skyrocketed.
But on Thanksgiving Day, Peter Pham, one of L.A.'s most prominent early-stage investors and the co-founder of Science Inc, a Santa Monica startup studio and early-stage venture fund that manages over $100 million and recently launched a $310.5 million SPAC, posted a selfie of himself atop Las Vegas' High Roller ferris wheel.
He was clutching a can of Liquid Death, the bad boy-themed canned water brand that has improbably become Science's buzziest startup. Pham guzzles six cans a day, because he says he does not trust municipal tap water.
"I'm not afraid of dying," Pham told me recently. "There's risk for everything and COVID is a risk that I feel very confident in my ability to deal with. I could be wrong and that's OK. I am OK if I fucked up and I die from it."