Paris, 5 March 2021. – One other RUD (fast unscheduled disassembly), one other fireball: SpaceX’s newest Starship SN10 flew and landed efficiently however exploded on the positioning some minutes after its touchdown.
“Starship serial quantity (SN10) efficiently accomplished SpaceX’s third high-altitude flight check of a Starship prototype from our website in Cameron County, Texas,” SpaceX stated.
SN10 was powered by ascent by three Raptor engines, every shutting down in sequence previous to the car reaching apogee – roughly 10 km in altitude, SpaceX stated. “SN10 carried out a propellant transition to the interior header tanks, which maintain touchdown propellant, earlier than reorienting itself for reentry and a managed aerodynamic descent” in addition to a “exact touchdown on the meant location”.