SpaceX aims to return NASA astronauts to the Moon by 2025 and land the first humans on Mars before 2029. The company has been developing the Starship launch system at its Starbase facility in South Texas since 2019. It has rapidly advanced the rocket-ship’s development in just a couple of years. Engineers have performed multiple high-altitude flight tests above Boca Chica Beach and are already preparing to perform Starship’s debut orbital flight test.
SpaceX landed a Starship prototype for the first time a year ago today. On May 5th, 2021, the Starship SN15 vehicle soared up into cloudy skies, marking the fourth flight of a Starship into an altitude of approximately 10-kilometers. SpaceX demonstrated precise control of the stainless-steel vehicle as it shut down each Raptor one-by-one on ascent. The vehicle performed its signature belly-flop maneuver as it fell back down from the sky. Upon landing at the Starbase pad, Starship quickly flipped from horizontal to vertical by igniting two of its methane-fueled engines, and for the first time a Starship the vehicle landed without exploding on the launch pad, concluding a nominal test flight.
TESMANIAN had the privilege to witness history firsthand from the nearby Isla Blanca Park, located at South Padre Island, Texas, which has a clear view of the Starbase launch pad around 5-miles across the ocean. Hundreds of spectators at the island cheered with excitement knowing that the successful landing would pave the way to Starship’s next development phase. Watch a video of Starship SN15's flight linked below.
A year ago today, SpaceX launched & landed Starship SN15. @elonmusk It still feels surreal that it is all happening at my hometown's beach where as a kid I camped under the stars, talked about spaceships & far away worlds, now an actual fleet of Starships is under development! https://t.co/y3KKx1f7Sq— Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo ♡ (@JaneidyEve) May 5, 2022
☆ Starship Fleet ☆ pic.twitter.com/BDG1opOFek— Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo ♡ (@JaneidyEve) March 29, 2022
VIDEO: STARSHIP SN15 FLIGHT TEST
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