The rocket did not have any people onboard. This aircraft is an early developmental model of Starship that is expected to haul massive satellites into Earth's orbit and shuttle people between cities at incredible speeds in the near future.
According to Elon Musk, this prototype had a one-in-three chance of landing safely back on Earth. Nevertheless, despite the explosion, its test is considered "a successful one."
As we reported earlier, Musk believes that his company will land people on Mars by 2026.
“If we get lucky, maybe four years. We want to send an uncrewed vehicle there in two years. If things go super well, landing people on Mars might be kind of in the 10-year timeframe,” the statement said.
The entrepreneur also added that SpaceX’s development of its Starship rocket was a key element in that process. It is supposed to launch cargo and as many as 100 people at a time.