A prototype of SpaceX’s long-range spaceflight Starship, launched from a site in Cameron County, Texas, America’s first successful landing after two failed attempts earlier.
The SN10 prototype took off to an altitude of about 10 kilometers during a test flight, presumably moved fuel, made a U-turn, controlled descent, re-started the engines before landing, and successfully landed.
SpaceX is developing a transportation system consisting of a fully reusable Super Heavy launch vehicle and a Starship spacecraft. The system will make it possible to deliver satellites, crews and cargo both to near-earth orbits and to the Moon and Mars.
This is the third Starship launch to an altitude of over 10 kilometers. Previously, launches were carried out on December 10 and February 3, then the missiles exploded and collapsed during landing, however, the tests were still recognized as successful, since the main goal was not landing, but to check the behavior of the rocket in the air: turns, controllability when planning to the earth’s surface, operability systems. The head of the company, Elon Musk, even before the start, estimated the probability of a successful landing at the first launch as only one third.