A successful testing of Starship SN8

Space Coast, FL – Today, Starship serial number 8 (SN8) lifted off from SpaceX’s launch pad in Boca Chica, Texas, USA. This suborbital flight was designed to test a number of objectives. We can say it hit, mostly all of them. This is a huge stepping stone in reaching Mars.

Starship SN8 soars in the air by 3 Raptor engines | image: SpaceX

Starship Objectives

After lift off, Starship SN8 successfully ascended, transitioned propellant, and performed its landing flip maneuver with precise flap control to reach its landing point.

Starship SN8 into a belly flop as planned and a key objective | image: SpaceX

Another impressive thing was to see Starship SN8 re-orientate itself to a vertical position. The Raptors had started up not once, but twice in this flight test, which is truly amazing.

The landing was on target, just not as expected. Low pressure in the fuel header tank during the landing burn led to high touchdown velocity resulting in a hard (and exciting!) landing.

Starship SN8’s Hard landing resulted in a RUD (Rapid Unscheduled Disassemble) | image: SpaceX

This is history in the making and get ready, because Starship SN9 is up next!
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