SN15 Starship made history with 1st successful landing
SpaceX’s SN15 Starship prototype made its first successful landing on wednesday in south Texas during the next-generation launch vehicle’s latest test flight.
“We’re down, the Starship landed,” said John Insprucker, a SpaceX engineer, during the landing procedure of SN15, as cited by the Wall Street Journal. The flames continued to come out of the base of the rocket after landing as a result of the fuel used by the missile, Mr Insprucker said. Shortly after Elon Musk’s completion, the Founder of SpaceX tweeted that landing this rocket was a success.
It was the fifth attempt as the previous four were unsuccessful. In the four previous tests the missiles had been successfully launched and had reached an altitude of several miles. But each time, there were problems landing or after the rocket fell which led to explosions.
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This is an important development for billionaire Elon Musk’s private company in the effort to develop a multi-launch spacecraft to transport astronauts as well as large loads to the moon and to the planet Mars. It is recalled that it was NASA that recently commissioned SpaceX to build a Starship version that will carry astronauts to the moon’s surface later this decade.
The SN15 spacecraft was launched from SpaceX’s launch field in Boca Chica, Texas, reaching its maximum scheduled flight altitude of 10 kilometers, and then hovered momentarily, before taking a descent course under aerodynamic control elements for its final landing on earth.
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