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The 32-storey tall Space Launch System (SLS) blasted off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 01:47 am (0647 GMT). "We are going," tweeted the space agency.
The rocket has the capability of reaching Mach 5 - five times the speed of sound - and carrying a payload of 83kg to 100 kilometres. Video footage showed the rocket taking off from the space centre, leaving a plume of smoke and fire in its trail.
A technical fault occurred in the third and final ignition stage shortly after the rocket was launched from the space centre in Sriharikota in southern India, the country's space agency said.
"SpaceX is targeting as soon as Thursday, April 20 for the first flight test of a fully integrated Starship and Super Heavy rocket from Starbase in Texas," the company updated on its website.