SpaceX has successfully launched and landed its Starship Serial Number 15 rocket – the only one of its prototypes to survive a high altitude flight test.
The Elon Musk-owned company launched SN15 around 6:24pm ET on Wednesday, following a day of delays and anticipation, from its testing facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
SN15 ignited its three massive Raptor Engines that released out streams of white smoke from the base before fire blew out to shoot the rocket into the air.
The prototype climbed through the sky until it reached six miles, hovered for a moment and then performed the infamous sideways flip, dubbed a ‘belly flop’ maneuver by Musk.
‘Starship landing nominal,’ Musk tweeted moments after his pride and joy made a safe and successful landing on the pad.
The successful landing brings the billionaire one step closer to fulfilling his dream of sending the humans to Mars.
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Source: Daily Mail