'We've got to work on that landing': SpaceX's Starship test flight ends in flames

SpaceX’s futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship ended up in another fiery crash landing on Tuesday after its second full test flight failed.

Elon Musk’s company launched its latest Starship prototype - an unmanned craft - from the south-eastern tip of Texas, two months after the previous test ended in an equally explosive belly flop.

The full-scale stainless steel rocket reached its intended altitude of 6.2 miles - slightly lower than the last one.

All seemed on schedule as the 160-foot Starship flipped on its side and began its descent.

But it did not manage to straighten itself back up in time for a landing and slammed into the ground.

All seemed to be going well as the rocket launched Credit: Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald/AP

“We’ve just got to work on that landing a little bit,” said SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker. “Reminder — this is a test flight.”

The next Starship stood nearby at the launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, during Tuesday’s test, which lasted six-and-a-half minutes.

Musk is developing Starship to carry people to Mars, perhaps in as little as several years.

SpaceX’s bullet-shaped Starship prototype rotates after its successful lift-off Credit: Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald/AP

It’s the upper stage of his intended moon and Mars ships, meant to launch atop a mega rocket called Super Heavy that is still being developed.

SpaceX tried to launch Starship last week, but failed to secure the necessary approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, prompting a Twitter outburst from Musk.