Spacex's starship performs its highest altitude test even though it explodes on its landing

In 2019, Elon Musk unveiled a prototype Starship, a gigantic rocket with which he plans to take us to Mars and the Moon.

It has been a long time and aborted tests since that date, but at last, they have achieved in one of their latest tests that one of Starship's prototypes demonstrates on a small scale its potential. While it hasn't had a happy ending, it's a great achievement for SpaceX.

Starship performs its highest altitude test

Starship's prototype conducted an altitude test, reaching more than 12 km (40,000 feet). This marked a highlight in the test when reaching its target height. On the other hand, it also served to evaluate the operation of the three Raptor engines, as well as different key parts of the ship and its aerodynamic dynamics.

Its takeoff from Boca Chica base in Cameron County occurred smoothly and the process to its maximum altitude took place smoothly, and the second part was to steer the ship for a vertical landing. However, the ship destabilized and could not help but explode on its landing.

As mentioned, all three engines shut down in a staggered way causing the ship to plummet. And while they tried to perform emergency manoeuvres, it wasn't enough to keep it from exploding when colliding with the earth.

While not the expected end, SpaceX mentioned that the test was completed, as testing with Starship's SN8 prototype made great strides. And of course, Elon Musk was also expressed via his Twitter account in a series of tweets:

Successful ascent, switch to head tanks and precise flap control to landing point! [...] The pressure of the fuel head tank was low during the landing burn, which caused the landing speed to be high and RUD, but we got all the data we needed! Congratulations to the SpaceX team, yes!

And that's what testing was all about, achieving the goal, and getting data to optimize the system and continue to work on future tests to improve effectiveness and chances of success. Data to be implemented in Starship SN9 and SN10 prototypes that have already been designed by SpaceX.

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