Elon Musk’s SpaceX Serial Number 10 (SN10) 50m-tall has managed to land one of its Starship prototypes at the end of a high-altitude test flight, in Boca Chica, Texas, but fire developed around its base and eight minutes later SN10 blew itself apart on the landing pad.
Elon Musk says the new Starship will do it all, bigger and better- orbiting satellites and carrying passengers, both around the Earth and to off-w9orld destinations such as the Moon and Mars. He has promised a lunar excursion in 2023 to the Japanese online fashion retail billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.
The prototype successfully executed its in-flight maneuvers and managed to make a reasonably soft landing.
These vehicles carry out our regular missions- both crewed and uncrewed – for the US Space Agency (NASA), the American Military, and other commercial concerns.