Paris, 6 Might 2021. – The fifth try succeeded: SpaceX efficiently accomplished a high-altitude flight take a look at of a Starship prototype from its Starbase in Texas yesterday.
It was the fifth try of a high-altitude take a look at of Starship and the primary one which didn’t find yourself with an explosion.
Just like earlier high-altitude flight assessments, Starship SN 15 was powered via ascent by three Raptor engines, every shutting down in sequence previous to the car reaching apogee – roughly 10 km in altitude, SpaceX mentioned.
SN15 carried out a propellant transition to the inner header tanks, which maintain touchdown propellant, earlier than reorienting itself for reentry and a managed aerodynamic descent, it mentioned.
The Starship prototype descended underneath lively aerodynamic management, achieved by unbiased motion of two ahead and two aft flaps on the car, SpaceX mentioned. All 4 flaps have been actuated by an onboard flight pc to manage Starship’s angle throughout flight and enabled exact touchdown on the supposed location.
SN15’s Raptor engines reignited because the car carried out the touchdown flip maneuver instantly earlier than touching down for a nominal touchdown on the pad, SpaceX mentioned.