On November 18, the fully assembled Starship spacecraft once again underwent flight testing on its second launch from the SpaceX base in Texas. Although the SuperHeavy booster exploded at minute 3:21, the company considers the launch a great success. “What we have done today will provide us with invaluable data to continue rapidly developing Starship,” they say from the company led by Elon Musk.
The Starship successfully took off thanks to the power of the 33 Raptor engines of the “SuperHeavy” booster and managed to separate the stages. The booster underwent a rapid unscheduled disassembly (RUD) after ignition, following stage separation, while the 6 Raptor engines of the Starship’s second stage ignited for several minutes as the ship ascended to an altitude of approximately 150 kilometers.
“With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and today’s test will help us improve Starship’s reliability,” SpaceX highlights and adds, “We will continue to share updates here as the team reviews the test data.” from today. Thank you to our customers, Cameron County, and the community at large for your continued support and encouragement. “And congratulations to the entire SpaceX team on the exciting second Starship test flight.”
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