SpaceX’s latest prototype rocket landed in one piece on Wednesday – after two recent test flights that resulted in massive explosions.
The Starship Serial Number 10 or (SN10) took off from Boca Chica at around 6.15 p.m. , Texas after an earlier attempt to fly was abandoned in the early afternoon.
The steel missile flew up to 6 miles, or approximately 32,800 feet, before spinning into a horizontal « belly flop » position.
That Spaceship leaned forward slightly as it stood on the landing pad and flames came out from below, causing some commentators to wonder if it would tip over or explode.
This happened during the company’s last two test flights at high altitude when the missiles couldn’t stop landing and exploded into massive fireballs.
The prototypes were developed by CEO Elon Musk’s space company in the hope that one day they would bring people on missions to the Moon and Mars.
Musk said he was « very confident » that the spacecraft would make « many times » orbit and be safe for human transport by 2023.
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