Economic Times | 20 Apr, 2023 | 11:34PM IST

SpaceX News Live: SpaceX’s Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, exploded during the first test flight of the spacecraft designed to send astronauts to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

The gigantic rocket successfully blasted off at 8:33 am Central Time (1333 GMT) from Starbase, the private SpaceX spaceport in Boca Chica, Texas.

The Starship capsule had been scheduled to separate from the first-stage rocket booster three minutes into the uncrewed flight but separation failed to occur and the rocket blew up.

“As if the flight test was not exciting enough, Starship experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly before stage separation,” SpaceX tweeted.

Despite the failure to complete the full flight test, SpaceX declared it a success.

“We cleared the tower which was our only hope,” said Kate Tice, a SpaceX quality systems engineer.

“With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and today’s test will help us improve Starship’s reliability as SpaceX seeks to make life multi-planetary,” SpaceX tweeted.

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Wrap-up: Here’s all you need to know

  • Punjab farmers protest as capsicum price fall Rs 1-1.5 per Kg
  • Maharashtra, Odisha government announces early summer vacation
  • Army truck catches fire after grenade attack by terrorists
  • Moments after launch, Starship rocket explodes above Gulf of Mexico
  • Musk tweets next SpaceX Starship test launch “in a few months”
  • 2002 Gujarat Riots: All 68 accused acquitted in Naroda Gam case

EAM Jaishankar discusses situation in Sudan with UN chief Guterres; says focus is on how to achieve workable, on-the-ground ceasefire

Odisha: Surya Harijan walks many kilometers barefoot to collect her pension

A senior citizen, Surya Harijan walks many kilometers barefoot with the support of a broken chair to reach a bank to collect her pension in Odisha’s Jharigaon. SBI manager Jharigaon branch says, “Her fingers are broken, so she is facing trouble withdrawing money. We’ll resolve the problem soon”.

Our government is fully committed to giving reservation to the Maratha community. We will do whatever it takes. We are working on the suggestions given by the Bhosle committee.

– Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde

Manipur BJP calls high-level meeting tomorrow

BJP MLA from Wangjing Tentha assembly constituency, P Brojen Singh today tendered his resignation as chairman of Manipur Development Society. Manipur BJP has called a high-level meeting tomorrow.

Punjab farmers protest as caspisum price fall Rs 1-1.5 per Kg

#WATCH पंजाब: मनसा में शिमला मिर्च का मूल्य 1-1.5 रुपये प्रति किलो तक गिरने के बाद गुस्साए किसानों ने अपनी फसल सड़…

— ANI_HindiNews (@AHindinews) 1682008873000

Joshimath Bachao Sangharsh Samiti temporarily withdraws 107-day agitation following written assurance from district administration to look into its demands

Jharkhand: IAS Chhavi Ranjan has sought two weeks time to appear before Enforcement Directorate in the land scam case. ED had summoned him to join the investigation on April 21

IAF’s first woman gallantry award winner Wing Commander Deepika Misra receives Vayu Sena Medal

IAF’s first woman gallantry award winner Wing Commander Deepika Misra received her Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry from IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari at an investiture ceremony. She helped in saving lives of 47 people in floods last year in areas of MP& Raj.

Maharashtra: “Exposure to severe heat and deprivation of water causing dehydration and death,” states the postmortem report as the cause of death of the 13 attendees who came down with heatstroke during the ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ award ceremony held in Kharghar.

Siddaramaiah talks of social justice and claims himself as the protector of the poor, downtrodden, and dalits. Congress prospered in the name of dalits but their development never happened. Congress leaders have forgotten Basavanna and Ambedkar.

– Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Rashtriya Lok Janta Dal president Upendra Kushwaha meets Amit Shah in the Ministry of Home Affairs

Rashtriya Lok Janta Dal president Upendra Kushwaha meets Amit Shah in the Ministry of Home Affairs

Congress party is cheating voters by giving false assurances. Congress leaders of this region failed to do any development work here in the last five years. This time there is a pro-BJP wave here. PM had promised to provide tap water connection to every household. Till now, 40 lakh houses have got tap water connections in the state.

– Bommai at a public rally in Afzalpur, Kalaburagi district

Andhra CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directs officials to gather information from village secretariats on facilities available at Anganwadi centres, including those yet to be provided

Meghalaya: All educational institutions located around Dangar to remain close for a week

All educational institutions located around the Dangar area under Mawsynram block will remain closed from tomorrow for a week, due to the heatwave conditions: East Khasi Hills district administration.

Maharashtra government announces early summer vacation

Maharashtra government announces early summer vacation for primary, middle and higher secondary schools of State board from 21st April, in view of heatwave conditions.

“Wow, that’s special,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook on J-K’s Chenab Bridge

Shot on Made in India iPhone.

— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) 1681992660000

Slight relief from soaring temperatures in UP

The maximum temperature in several parts of Uttar Pradesh recorded a slight decline on Thursday, bringing relief from the severe heat that battered the state over the past few days. At 42.1 degrees Celsius, Jhansi recorded the highest temperature, followed by Ballia and Basti at 42 degrees each.

India government says competition regulator approves acquisition of 76.10% stake in Suven Pharmaceuticals

Army truck catches fire after grenade attack by terrorists

The troops were part of a convoy that came under attack by terrorists in J&K’s Poonch: Army sources

SpaceX News Live: Moments after launch, Starship rocket explodes above Gulf of Mexico

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship rocket exploded and failed to reach orbit, moments after it was launched from South Texas on Thursday, New York Times reported.Minutes after taking off from a launch pad in South Texas, the rocket appears to have exploded above the Gulf of Mexico. Although the spacecraft was unable to enter orbit, this failure was not fatal. Elon Musk, the company’s founder, had tempered expectations prior to the launch stating that it might take several tries for Starship to be successful at this test flight, which was intended to reach speeds high enough to enter orbit before crashing down in the Pacific Ocean close to Hawaii. Recently, the first launch of SpaceX’s Starship was called off at the last minute on Monday after a pressurisation issue arose in the first stage, reported CNN.

Army truck explodes in J&K; drone surveillance and search operation underway

Drone surveillance and search operation underway in the area where terrorists fired on an Indian Army truck in J&K’s Poonch. 5 Army soldiers lost their lives, one injured hospitalised

Elon Musk tweets next SpaceX Starship test launch “in a few months”

Security forces secure area where an Army truck attacked by terrorists in Poonch dist

#WATCH | Security forces secure the area where an Army truck was attacked by terrorists in Poonch dist, J&K. 5 pers…

— ANI (@ANI) 1682000786000

Army truck attacked in J&K, five soldiers dead

An Army vehicle moving between Bhimber Gali and Poonch in the Rajouri sector in J&K was fired on by unidentified terrorists today. The vehicle caught fire, due to likely use of grenades by terrorists. Five personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles Unit deployed for Counter Terrorist operations, in this area, have unfortunately lost their lives in the incident. Another seriously injured soldier was evacuated immediately to the Army Hospital at Rajouri and is under treatment. Search operation on, said Indian Army. Army truck fire incident caused due to the likely use of grenades by unidentified terrorists who fired on the truck in the Rajouri sector in J&K. 5 soldiers of Rashtriya Rifles Unit deployed for counter-terrorist operations lost their lives, one was injured hospitalised.

Delhi: CDS General Anil Chauhan attends IAF Commanders’ Conference

CDS General Anil Chauhan attended the IAF Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhavan) today, where he was briefed about the operational readiness of the IAF.

The BJP government has completed 5 years in Karnataka. People are talking about the ill-treatment of seniors but not about other issues like development. Have important issues been solved? But now due to the negligence of the seniors (BJP), this discussion was started. Some people with vested interest are controlling the entire BJP in Karnataka and govt.

– Jagadish Shettar, Congress

CBI conducts raids at 12 locations in illegal sale of IRTC reserved e-tickets case

CBI today conducted raids at 12 locations across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi in connection with the ongoing investigation of a case related to illegal sale of reserved berth e-tickets of Indian Railways through IRCTC website. Digital devices, mobile phones containing illegal software, incriminating documents & other details including tickets of passengers booked earlier using illegal software were recovered during the raids. Further investigation underway: CBI

SpaceX News Live: Starship, world’s biggest rocket, experienced a rapid unscheduled “disassembly” during the first test flight

Delhi Covid Update:

1,113 new cases and 3 deaths were reported in Maharashtra today; Active cases stand at 6,129.

Assam Congress issues notice to Dr Angkita Dutta over harassment claims

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has issued a showcause notice to former president of Assam Pradesh Youth Congres Dr Angkita Dutta who levelled a series of allegations against IYC President Srinivas BV accusing him of harassing and discriminating with her.

Meghalaya: A massive fire broke out after a tanker and a car collided at Mawpun Kshaid village in Ri Bhoi District

NIA files chargesheet against six people in Coimbatore car bomb blast case

National Investigation Agency (NIA) today filed a chargesheet against six people in the Coimbatore car bomb blast case that occurred in 2022 in which one Jamesha Mubeen, who was inspired by ISIS ideology, was blown up in front of ancient Temple “Arulmigu Kottai Sangameshwarar Thirukovil” at Eswaran Kovil Street in Ukkadam, Tamil Nadu.

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Punjab Kings by 24 runs in the Indian Premier League

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches first test flight of Starship rocket system

Elon Musk’s SpaceX set to launch first test flight of Starship rocket system

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched the company’s next-generation Starship spacecraft atop its powerful Super Heavy rocket for the first time, on a highly anticipated but brief uncrewed test flight from the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Final preparations were under way at the company’s Starbase launch site east of Brownsville, Texas, for a liftoff three days after an earlier launch attempt was scrubbed near the end of the countdown due to a frozen pressurization valve.

Barring further show-stoppers on Thursday, the two-stage rocketship, standing taller than the Statue of Liberty at 394 feet (120 m) high, was due to blast off between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. EDT (1330 to 1430 GMT) on a planned 90-minute debut flight into space, just shy of Earth orbit.

Getting the newly combined Starship and booster rocket off the ground for the first time would represent a key milestone in SpaceX’s ambition of sending humans back to the moon and ultimately on to Mars – playing a pivotal role in NASA’s newly inaugurated human spaceflight program, Artemis.

A successful flight would instantly rank the Starship system as the most powerful launch vehicle on Earth.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh “anguished” by the death of five Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives after a truck caught fire in the Poonch district of J&K today

EC approves Edappadi K Palaniswami as the general secretary of AIADMK

“My aim is to bring the party back to power in Tamil Nadu. Booth committees will be formed in all districts of the state,” said Edappadi K Palaniswami, General Secretary, AIADMK. Election Commission today approved him as the general secretary of AIADMK by the way of taking into the record the amended rules and regulations of AIADMK and change in the party’s office bearer.

SpaceX Starship’s first integrated flight test live:

Watch Starship’s first integrated flight test →

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) 1681995206000

FSSAI to look into unauthorized use of artificial fruit ripening agents

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has written to Food Commissioners of States/UTs and asked them to take action against the unauthorized use of artificial fruit ripening agents.

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2023:

“They (BJP) want to misuse the power. They want to pressurise the government to disqualify my application. BJP is capable of doing anything,” said Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar.

I think what will boost connectivity between the EU and India is if both engage in a deeper aviation partnership.

– Olivier Jankovec, Director General of Airports Council International (ACI EUROPE)

SEBI penalises Care Ratings ex-CEO Rajesh Mokashi: ET Now

TMC to launch two-month campaign- ‘Trinamooley Nabajowar’- on April 25

TMC will launch a two-month campaign- ‘Trinamooley Nabajowar’- on 25th April. Through this public outreach campaign, we want to know about the problems being faced by the people. As part of the campaign, people will select party candidates for the upcoming panchayat polls, said Abhishek Banerjee, General Secretary, TMC.

Assam, Arunachal Pradesh govts sign deal to end border disputes

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma says border pact “big and successful” moment; Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu terms it “historic”.

India hopes for early establishment of peace, stability, security in Yemen: MEA

India would like to convey its deepest condolences to the government and the people of Yemen after 85 people lost their lives and over 322 others were injured in a stampede that broke out during a charity distribution event, while hoping for an early establishment of peace, stability and security in Yemen, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

During a regular press briefing, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Arindam Bagchi said, India hopes and pray for the speedy recovery of those injured.

2002 Gujarat Riots News Live:

Those acquitted include former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani, ex-Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi.

Delhi govt releases Rs 400 crore for development of MCD schools: Education Minister Atishi

The signing of an agreement for the settlement of an inter-state boundary dispute between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh is a very big achievement. Today, we have crossed the milestone for the establishment of a developed, peaceful and conflict-free northeast.

– Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Special court in Ahmedabad acquits all accused in 2002 Naroda Gam riots case of Gujarat

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to sign agreement for inter-state boundary settlement

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma arrives at the Ministry of Home Affairs for the signing of an agreement between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh for the settlement of an inter-state boundary dispute in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah

J-K Disaster Management Authority issues avalanche warnings in eight districts

Avalanche with ‘low’ danger level is likely to occur in Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Ramban, Baramulla, Kupwara & Bandipore districts and ‘medium’ danger level avalanche likely in Ganderbal district in next 24 hours: Jammu and Kashmir State Disaster Management (SDM).

MEA on whether Indians in Sudan would be evacuated:

Some plans are being worked out but will depend on the ground situation, said MEA spox Arindam Bagchi.

MPC Minutes: War against inflation not yet won, premature to declare end to tightening cycle, says Jayanth Varma

HCL Technologies net profit rises 10.85 per cent to Rs 3,983 crore in Q4 FY23: Company filing

Karnataka Assembly Poll: We have majority of candidates from Lingayat community and will never say that vote for us because Lingayat candidates are contesting. Instead, those who are Hindutva should vote for BJP, be it Lingayat, Kurba, or Brahmin. By playing the Lingayat card, Congress is trying to win elections by dividing castes: BJP leader KS Eshwarappa

TMC announces new mass outreach pogramme from April 25 ahead of Bengal panchayat polls

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Union Home Minister Amit Shah today suggested identifying five major areas to further strengthen the approach of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the meeting Member States, responsible for Prevention and Elimination of Emergency Situations. The major areas include confidence building efforts in Asia, collective responsibility approach, expanding cooperation in communication and information sharing, identification of priority areas, and use of newly developed technology in disaster resilience capacity building: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

At least two jawans killed in the fire triggered by a suspected blast. The incident took place on a highway in the Bhata Dhurian area

Some plans are being worked out but will depend on ground situation: MEA on whether Indians in Sudan would be evacuated

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