@TrevorMahlmann via Twitter / Futurism
Sniffing Around

There’s a Robodog Walking Around the Site of the SpaceX Starship Explosion

byDan Robitzski
Mar 4
@TrevorMahlmann via Twitter / Futurism

SpaceX's robodog "Zeus" is on patrol.

Strutting Around

SpaceX came closer than ever before to a successful Starship test launch on Wednesday evening, just to see the SN10 prototype explode in a gigantic fireball minutes after an otherwise-successful landing.

A day later, SpaceX is still in cleanup mode, with teams of workers retrieving various rocket parts and picking up after the explosion. But the company also got a helping hand from Zeus, SpaceX’s Boston Dynamics robodog, which Ars Technica photographer Trevor Mahlmann spotted on the scene, surveying the explosion site.

Little Helper

SpaceX has previously used the $75,000 robot dog to inspect test sites or other areas that aren’t safe for humans, according to SpaceExplored.


Zeus can safely check on gas leaks or other hazards, especially those related to SpaceX’s slew of exploded Starship prototypes, and has been rewarded with its own doghouse near the Boca Chica, Texas launch pad.

Keeping Busy

Last week, Zeus was spotted bounding around the SpaceX landing pad, though it’s not clear exactly what it was up to.

But presumably it’s a bit busier this time around, as it sniffs around the explosion to help SpaceX make sense of what went wrong and how to pick up the pieces.


More on the SN10 launch: SpaceX’s Third Starship Prototype Lands, Explodes Minutes Later

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