Test of Starship Completed, Data Gathered, Landing Needs Work

On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the SpaceX team completed a high-altitude flight test of Starship serial number 9 (SN9) – the second high-altitude suborbital flight test of a Starship prototype from their site in Cameron County, Texas. SN9 was powered through ascent by three Raptor engines, each shutting down in sequence prior to the vehicle reaching apogee – approximately 10 km in altitude. SN9 performed a propellant transition to the internal header tanks, which hold landing propellant, then reoriented itself for reentry. The controlled aerodynamic descent went well but the landing was not successful ending in a crash and fire.

See the recorded live feed of the flight here:

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