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Video: This is how the prototype of the SpaceX spacecraft exploded on a landing.

The aircraft was conducting a test flight at about 12 kilometers above sea level.

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

On Wednesday the Starship project of SpaceX, Elon Musk's space exploration company, suffered a severe blow on Wednesday when the prototype SN8 spacecraft exploded when it was subjected to an unscheduled disassembly test.

SpaceX vía Twitter

The explosion can be seen towards the end of the video:

The aircraft, which was unmanned, was attempting to land after a suborbital flight test at 12 kilometers above sea level.

Musk had already said that "a lot of things had to go right" for the test to be successful. However, he congratulated the Space X team for the other positive results the test returned.

"The fuel tank pressure was low during the landing, which caused the landing speed to be high," Musk's tweet reads in Spanish.

SpaceX had also posted on its website that even if an explosion occurred, "it would not necessarily be a failure for the flight."