Watch SpaceX’s Starship SN15 land and not blow up

Fifteenth time’s the charm, it would seem. 
Late Wednesday afternoon SpaceX’s Starship SN15 successfully completed its high-altitude flight test, and, crucially, landed afterward in one piece in Boca Chica, Texas. 

Live feed of Starship SN15 flight test → https://t.co/Hs5C53qBxb https://t.co/chZjdVAute
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 5, 2021

“Starship landing nominal!” exclaimed SpaceX founder Elon Musk. 

Starship landing nominal!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2021

Wednesday’s test stands in stark contrast to the fate of earlier Starship prototypes, many of which ran into various forms of trouble. Prototypes SN8 and SN9, for example, had the tiny problem of explodingSo did SN10. Read more…More about Space, Elon Musk, Spacex, Tech, and Space

Fifteenth time’s the charm, it would seem. 

Late Wednesday afternoon SpaceX’s Starship SN15 successfully completed its high-altitude flight test, and, crucially, landed afterward in one piece in Boca Chica, Texas. 

“Starship landing nominal!” exclaimed SpaceX founder Elon Musk. 

Wednesday’s test stands in stark contrast to the fate of earlier Starship prototypes, many of which ran into various forms of trouble. Prototypes SN8 and SN9, for example, had the tiny problem of exploding. So did SN10.

SEE ALSO: Watch the SpaceX Starship prototype successfully land (and then explode)

Of course, there was the small issue of SN15’s base appearing slightly on fire for a while after touchdown. But hey, when it comes to Musk’s vision for the future colonization of Mars, of which Starship plays a pivotal role, that hardly seems like that big of a deal.

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