An unfortunate incident happened on Monday in which SpaceX’s prototype of Booster 7 burst into flames and has made the team think about what could possibly go wrong. Musk, on the other hand, first tweeted that the explosion was all planned but later deleted this tweet. He then wrote in a Tweet, “Yeah, actually not good.” However, when a closer look at the photos of the starship booster was taken, it has been analyzed by researchers that the blast was strong enough “to rock a nearby camera,” which was deployed for the testing during the live stream.
To that end, if we look at the broader picture, then everything seems fine, but if we delve deeper into the more specific details of this explosion and the possibilities of its impacts, then that thing disturbs the scientists as they can’t compromise on the operational efficiency of the booster. Moreover, Ars Technica senior space editor Eric Berger tweeted, “A good view of the business end of Booster 7 the morning after Monday’s test anomaly. Seems like it could be much worse. “
In addition to that, NASA Space Flight managing editor Chris Bergin said in a tweet, “A lot of the Raptor 2 gang on Booster 7 might be OK!” However, the repercussions of this incident were followed by Musk’s analysis when he said that the cause of the incident might be an “oxygen-rich environment” that had ignited the spark on the booster. He further said in his tweet, “Cryogenic fuel is an added challenge, as it evaporates to create a fuel-air explosion risk in a partial oxygen atmosphere like Earth. That said, we have a lot of sensors to detect this. More later.”
While it has to be kept in mind that SpaceX’s starship booster has been one of the most important components of the mission, Its main function is to provide power to the SpaceX starship, which is expected to complete its mission to Mars. But with these unexpected anomalies, a lot of concerns have been raised about its credible performance and whether it will complete its first orbital flight or not.
However, the night following this incident, Musk made some evaluations regarding the impairment caused by the explosion and tweeted, “Base of the vehicle seems OK by flashlight. I was just out there about an hour ago. We shut down the pad for the night for safety. Will know more in the morning. “