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Starship | SN8 | High-Altitude Flight Test

On Wednesday, December 9, Starship serial number 8 (SN8) lifted off from our Cameron County launch pad and successfully ascended, transitioned propellant, an...

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FRIDAY 12/11/2020 || Onsite Weather provided by INITWEATHER.COM || BOCA CHICA NEWS: SN8 completed successful launch, flip maneuver, hard landing. || SN9 now ...

12.5 km Flight

Overview

Destination: Suborbital
Mission: Test Flight

Suborbital Launch Pad A SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
SN8 - SpaceX Starship Landing Pad

The SN8 Starship prototype was destroyed when attempting to land after a first flight to an altitude of 12.5 km or 41,000 ft.

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Updates

Nosu • Dec. 9, 2020, 10:55 p.m.


Nosu • Dec. 9, 2020, 9:26 p.m.

new T-0 22:40 UTC


scottm3 • Dec. 9, 2020, 9:25 p.m.

NET 22:40 utc


Starship Prototype

Family: Starship
Configuration: Prototype

Prototype of SpaceX's Starship, a fully reusable second stage and space vehicle.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    1
  • Length
    50.0 m
  • Diameter
    9.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    9.0 m
  • Launch Mass
    45 T
  • Thrust
Family
  • Name
    Starship Prototype
  • Family
    Starship
  • Variant
    Prototype
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Starship Prototype
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


SN8


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
First Flight: December 9, 2020
Last Flight: December 9, 2020
Flights: 1
Landings Attempted: 1

Landing Information

SN8 was destroyed when attempting to land back near its launch site after its first flight.

Result: SN8 did not land successfully.

SpaceX

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 135 Failures: 9 Pending: 49

Agency Type: Commercial

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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