- Elon Musk said SpaceX “could try to resume SN15 soon” after a Starship prototype landed on Wednesday.
- SpaceX launched five spaceships in five months. The latest version is the only one that doesn’t explode.
- SpaceX is one step closer to developing a fully reusable rocket that can travel to orbit and back.
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Elon Musk said Friday that his aerospace company SpaceX could soon attempt to launch its fifth Starship rocket again after its successful landing on Wednesday.
The Spaceship Series No. 15 or SN15 took off from SpaceX’s launch facilities in Boca Chica, Texas and flew to great heights before falling back to Earth and landing smoothly on the landing pad.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 7, 2021
It took SpaceX five months to get the rocket landing properly. The first spacecraft test flight was the December Second happened in February the third and fourth Both started in March and the last start was on Wednesday.
The latest version of the mega spaceship was the only version that didn’t explode, and it brought SpaceX closer to adding another reusable launcher to its collection. The previous four Starship prototypes burst into flames either during or shortly after landing.
These prototypes are the upper stage of a two-part system. SpaceX wants to add a Super Heavy Booster that will fire the rocket towards the orbit, moon and eventually Mars. The idea is that the spaceship will return to Earth so the mission can be repeated over and over.
A final version of the 16-story Starship rocket is said to be the first people to land on the moon under a land since 1972 Exclusive contract with NASA. The spaceship will send two astronauts to the moon as early as 2024.