SpaceX Booster Engine Explodes, a Day After Twitter Does |

SpaceX Booster Engine Explodes, a Day After Twitter Does

Looks like Elon Musk is facing some tough times. First it was a much-touted deal with Twitter gone awry and now it's one of his spaceship engines


If we had an in-house astrologer, it would be most pertinent to get him to check the horoscope of Elon Musk. From being one with the Midas Touch, this billionaire technocrat seems to be moving from challenge to challenge in recent times. First it was the delivery issues of his Tesla vehicles, then came the deal gone awry in his bid to buy Twitter. Now, one of the booster engines on the SpaceX Starship program went up in a big bang, thankfully injuring none. 

On Tuesday, Musk faced a lawsuit from Twitter where the latter cited two posts including the poop emoji as evidence that he had disparaged the company for violating contracts that he had signed while agreeing to buy the microblogging website app for $44 billion. "Since signing the merger agreement, Musk has repeatedly disparaged Twitter and the deal, creating business risk for Twitter and downward pressure on its share price," the complaint read.

And just when you thought that the shit had hit the ceiling, another piece of news filtered in that could have just delayed Musk's much-hyped Starship spacecraft program. Reports said a test of a prototype version of the Super Heavy booster being developed by the company ended in a big bang and a ball of fire, obviously resulting in a setback to the program. 

The super heavy booster was being designed to provide the extra lift that was required to get the Starship spacecraft into orbit and beyond. The booster prototype has 33 of SpaceX's large Raptor engines on board with the test designed to spin up the engines for a preview of what its startup sequence would look like prior to the actual launch. 

And true to form, Elon Musk did another poop job on his Twitter account by first claiming that the test had ended in expected fashion before quickly removing the tweet and instead acknowledging that things were "not good". Footage obtained by NASA (click to watch) shows a fireball that resulted from the tests that started a fire on the launch pad. This was subsequently put out and there were no injuries reported. 

Readers would be aware that Starship is aiming to fly its first orbital test this year in spite of the FAA delaying release of essential environmental assessment of the impact of its launch from SpaceX's Starbase site in Boca China. 

TAGS: Elon Musk, Twitter, SpaceX