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SpaceX successfully lands Starship rocket after four failed attempts

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SpaceX managed to land its prototype Starship rocket at its Texas base without blowing it up on Wednesday, the first time it has succeeded in doing so in five attempts.

The test flight represents a major win for the hard-charging company, which eventually wants to carry crew inside Starship for missions to Mars.

"Starship landing nominal!" tweeted founder Elon Musk triumphantly, after the last four tries ended in big explosions.

"Nominal" means normal in the context of spaceflight.

The execution wasn't quite perfect, with a small fire engulfing the base of the 50 meter- (160 feet-) high rocket, dubbed SN15, shortly after landing.

https://phys.org/news/2021-05-touchdown-spacex-successfully-starship-rocket.html

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https://news.sky.com/story/spacexs-starship-finally-completes-successful-test-flight-12298014

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Jon the frog

Nice,there will be other crash for sure, they proceed with trials and errors increments. Crash is expected and welcomed during these trials.

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SpaceX successfully lands Starship rocket after four failed attempts

Well, if you are in a generous mood, 3½ failed attempts.

SN10 was a partial success. It performed the flip and landing manoeuvre correctly, proving the concept was viable, but a slight loss in engine pressure meant that the vehicle made a harder than intended landing, which crushed the landing legs and resulted in a methane leak. The vehicle exploded 8 minutes after landing.

 

19 hours ago, Jon the frog said:

Nice,there will be other crash for sure, they proceed with trials and errors increments. Crash is expected and welcomed during these trials.

Absolutely, in fact, with the exception of SN11 which exploded when the engines were reignited for the flip manoeuvre, all the flights exceeded SpaceX's expectations.

As for more crashes, starting with SN20(ish) SpaceX are going to attempt to put Starships in orbit using the massive Super Heavy booster. Elon Musk expects the first few to be destroyed on re-entry (if they actually make it to orbit at all).

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Hammerclaw

We have to keep in mind that what we are seeing are testbeds for Starship technology, minimal functioning prototypes, not the actual Starship, yet to be built. SpaceX is seeking effective proof in concept as they proceed.

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Hammerclaw

The Starship gives me a '50s vibe, reminding me of the tail-sitter rockets in the '50s tv show, Men Into Space.

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2ndEarth

Payed for by the ingenuous minds who could predict the ridiculous profits of Bitcoin and Dogecoin!

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