10 km Flight

Starship SN10

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

10 km Flight

Type: Test Flight

The SN10 Starship performed a test flight similar to SN8 and SN9. It launched up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft, did a belly flop maneuver followed by a controlled descent to the landing pad. Despite successfully performing the landing flip maneuver with its three Raptor engines, its vertical velocity was too high on landing, damaging its structure and resulting in an explosive destruction a few minutes after touchdown.

Location

Launch Pad A

SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA

6 launches have been at this location.

Launch Pad A, SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA

Rocket

Starship Prototype

Length: 50 meters
Diameter: 9 meters
First Launch: July 26, 2019

Prototype of SpaceX’s Starship, a fully reusable second stage and space vehicle.

The Starship Prototype rocket has been launched a total of 7 times with 5 successful and 2 failed launches.

Landing

SN10 performed a hard landing on the pad damaging its structure and resulting in an explosive destruction a few minutes later.

SpaceX Starship Landing Pad – LZ

This is the landing pad used for early Starship development flights.

Return to Launch Site – RTLS

A return to launch site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site, landing near where it initially launched from.

Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
Spacecraft: Dragon
Country: USA

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
18 days ago

This thing better land this time. If anybody were to be on it, the least Elon could do was put an abort system on that thing. Or, have the 4th of July happen early in Boca Chica, Texas.

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Rocket Nerd
17 days ago

Maybe you could become a billionaire and build your own rocket company?

Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
Reply to  Mike
17 days ago

Nope

Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
Reply to  Mike
17 days ago

NO WAY. BUT COULD YOU?!?!

Futur Pilot
Futur Pilot
Reply to  Rocket Nerd
7 days ago

lol do you know how many times we failed before the wright brothers flight? probably hundreds of times, maybe thousands. an abort system is compleately irrelavant at this early stage of developpement. i hope they dont waste time on this. patience is mother of all virtues, without it we wont… Read more »

Ksp Suchti
Ksp Suchti
Reply to  Rocket Nerd
7 days ago

No need to rant about Elon. This is the prototyping phase and it is good its happining now and not later, when humans are onboard. This is exactly the reason, why they are prototyping.

Craig
Craig
Reply to  Rocket Nerd
4 days ago

Oh, it will land. Gravity will make sure of that.

Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
18 days ago

Lets hope it properly lands, though. Otherwise, somehow the 4th of July has happened early in Boca Chica, Texas

elon musks
elon musks
16 days ago

Wish great success!We will win!

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
6 days ago

I agree!This time let’s stick the landing.

Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
4 days ago

Okay, we need a good landing AND for it to actually launch today (don’t like scrubs)

wenhop
wenhop
Reply to  Rocket Nerd
3 days ago

We had an OKAY landing. At least it didn’t explode at landing. Hope for SN11 to officially stick the landing

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
3 days ago

I am so glad the landing finally stuck.