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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

9 rockets have launched from SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA.

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

Rocket

Starship Prototype – SpaceX

Family: Starship
Length: 50 m
Diameter: 9 m
Launch Mass: 45 T

The Starship Prototype was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2019-07-26. Starship Prototype has 6 successful launches and 3 failed launches with a total of 9 launches. Prototype of SpaceX’s Starship, a fully reusable second stage and space vehicle.

Core 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 operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

Nope

Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

NO WAY. BUT COULD YOU?!?!

Futur Pilot
Futur Pilot
Reply to  Rocket Nerd
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
1 year ago

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

elon musks
elon musks
1 year ago

Wish great success!We will win!

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
1 year ago

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

Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
1 year ago

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

wenhop
wenhop
Reply to  Rocket Nerd
1 year 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
1 year ago

I am so glad the landing finally stuck.