The Starship SN15 test flight and landing were, for the first time, successful and represented a major victory for SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company, after four attempts that ended in explosions – one after a successful landing.
On Twitter, Elon Musk made no secret of his satisfaction with this feat which shows, once again, that it is possible to reuse rockets in spaceflight, stating that it was a “symbolic landing of a spaceship.” “Nominal” means normal in terms of space flight.
Former European Space Agency (ESA) engineer and co-founder of Beta-I explained in the podcast Made in Tech A few weeks ago, the significance of this achievement by SpaceX (rocket reuse) was for the planetary space industry and how Musk achieved impressive results with even a few tests:
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Plus a small fire at the base of the 50-meter-high missile shortly after it landed, things went as supposed.
SpaceX broadcaster John Innsbrucker explained in a livestream on YouTube that this is “not uncommon with methane fuel” the missile uses, and added that engineers are still solving the project’s problems.
SN15 was launched at Boca China Base, in southern Texas, at 5:25 pm local time (11:25 pm on mainland Portugal), before reaching an altitude of 10 kilometers and conducting a series of flight maneuvers.
Attention is increasingly focused on a successful test of the Starship as NASA announced two weeks ago that it would be a copy of the Starship to be used as a lunar lander in subsequent missions that will take place for the first time since 1971 for humans. Moon – everything indicates that, this time, she will be the first woman to step on the Earth of the Moon in this return in 50 years.