Elon Musk rates chances of next SpaceX Starship not exploding

Elon Musk has refused to rule out his SpaceX Starship exploding into another epic fireball ahead of its test flight this week.

Following the deployment of 60 Starlink satellites on Tuesday morning, SpaceX is set to launch its latest Starship prototype in the hope it fares better than older models.

Previous launches have burst into flames but Musk perhaps alarmingly wrote on Twitter that the Starship SN10 has a 60% chance of a safe landing.

He left the comment in response to a poll published on Twitter by Marcus House asking: "So SpaceX is attempting another flight NET this coming week with SN10!

"Can they master the flip and stick the landing!? That is the big question. What do you think?"

The majority of votes leant towards the belief that SpaceX "will stick it".

Billionaire Musk replied: "Success on landing probability is ~60% this time."

Despite exploding, SpaceX said at the time that the high-altitude tests of the SN8 and SN9 Starship prototypes were largely successful, despite their catastrophic conclusion.

SpaceX said following the Starship SN9 test two weeks ago: "These test flights are all about improving our understanding and development of a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo on long-duration, interplanetary flights and help humanity return to the moon, and travel to Mars and beyond."

The prototype launches are evidence of Musk's determination to send the first humans to Mars as SpaceX anticipates building "100 Starships per year" over the next decade.

Mr Musk has made no secret of his personal desire to travel to Mars which he believes offers humans a future beyond Earth's lifespan.

The exact time and date of the Starship SN10 flight test is yet to be announced but it will be from SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas in America.

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