Destruction of SN11

March 30th saw an extremely foggy day in Boca Chica, Texas for SN11‘s test flight. As with the previous test flights, the ignition, ascent, flip and controlled descent were all performed successfully.

The landing process encountered an unexpected problem, on the official stream from SpaceX the video ceased functioning at T+05:49 and not returning. The streams from Tim Dodd (Everyday Astronaut) and recap video showed debris raining down from the sky. Debris came close to several of these live stream cameras which was captured by RGVAerialPhotography and resulted in the feed being knocked out during the broadcast.

Other photos from RGVAerialPhotography show the dispersion of the debris across an area near the launch site, and that falling Starship pieces had landed on ground support equipment.

Elon Musk stated on Twitter that

Looks like engine 2 had issues on ascent & didn’t reach operating chamber pressure during landing burn, but, in theory, it wasn’t needed.

Something significant happened shortly after landing burn start. Should know what it was once we can examine the bits later today.

He also declared that SN15 would be ready to roll to the launch pad in a few days, and not long after SN15 was transferred from the Mid Bay to the High Bay for final assembly.

UTC Time

Friday, 30-Jul-21 16:16:46 UTC

Boca Chica Local Time

Friday, 30-Jul-21 11:16:46 CDT