SpaceX Starship blows its top at Boca Chica

SpaceX’s Starship MK-1 prototype appears to have suffered a serious failure during testing at the company’s Boca Chica Beach facility Wednesday afternoon.

A livestream of the test shows the top of the Starship shooting off and smoke or gas billowing out of the vehicle at 3:27 p.m.

The video also shows the top of the Spaceship flipping high into the air before crashing to the ground near the test site.

Speaking to reporters in September, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stated that he hoped for the Starship to reach orbit within half a year.

Despite the obvious damage to the ship, Musk appeared undeterred in a Tweet he wrote Wednesday afternoon, indicating that the company would shift its focus to a more advanced design.

“This had some value as a manufacturing pathfinder, but flight design is quite different,” Musk wrote.

Cameron County previously announced closures to Boca Chica Beach and State Highway 4 for days throughout this week.