BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A cryogenic explosion took place at the SpaceX launch site in Boca Chica over the weekend. Right now, SpaceX continuing to pick up debris scattered across after the incident.
On Friday, Feb. at 10:00 p.m., about two hours before a scheduled test, Starship SN1 suffered an explosion felt for miles away. Over the weekend, the founder and CEO of SpaceX joking about the incident on Twitter saying, “it’s fine… we’ll just buff it out.”
Prior to the incident Elon Musk had mentioned crews were preparing for an engine attachment and static fire test. According to an official response by local authorities, “Cameron County has confirmed that an accidental cryogenic explosion occurred at the Space X site at Boca Chica beach. No injuries were reported at the site, and no chemicals were released.”
From what can be seen, it’s is not starship and its future iterations. Already, preparations for SN2 were hinted on as early as Feb. 25. You may recall Elon Musk has expressed his vision to build a private spaceport and get in orbit as soon as possible, with an overall vision of one day settling in Mars.
The incident may not have been what the company was expecting, but it serves as learning opportunity for both SpaceX and even more for nearby residents. Construction remains uninterrupted at nearby SpaceX facilities despite the explosion.