Starship Prototype

Active Re-Usable Starship

SpaceX (SpX)

July 26, 2019

Description

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

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

SpaceX

Commercial
CEO: Elon Musk
SpX 2002

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 operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

Starship SN15 | 10 km Flight

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
May 5, 2021, 10:24 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

The SN15 Starship prototype will perform a test flight similar to SN8 to SN11. It will launch up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft and do a belly flop maneuver followed by a controlled descent to the landing pad.

Suborbital SN15 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Starship SN11 | 10 km Flight

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
March 30, 2021, 1 p.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission: Suborbital

The SN11 Starship prototype performed a test flight similar to SN8, SN9 and SN10. It launched up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft and did a belly flop maneuver followed by a controlled descent, but got destroyed during the landing maneuver.

Suborbital SN11 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Starship SN10 | 10 km Flight

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
March 3, 2021, 11:15 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

The SN10 Starship performed a test flight similar to SN8 and SN9. It launched up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft, did a belly flop maneuver followed by a controlled descent to the landing pad. Despite successfully performing the landing flip maneuver with its three Raptor engines, its vertical velocity was too high on landing, damaging its structure and resulting in an explosive destruction a few minutes after touchdown.

Suborbital SN10 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Starship SN9 | 10 km Flight

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
Feb. 2, 2021, 8:25 p.m.
Status: Launch was a Partial Failure
Mission: Suborbital

The SN9 Starship performed a first flight similar to the one of SN8. It launched up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft, did a belly flop maneuver and a controlled descent to the landing pad where the landing flip maneuver was unsuccessful and resulted in the destruction of the prototype on impact.

Suborbital SN9 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Starship SN8 | 12.5 km Flight

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
Dec. 9, 2020, 10:45 p.m.
Status: Launch was a Partial Failure
Mission: Suborbital

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.

Suborbital SN8 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Starship SN6 | 150m Hop

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
Sept. 3, 2020, 5:48 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Test Flight

The Starship SN6 prototype sucessfully performed a 150m hop similar to the one successfully performed by its predecessor SN5.

Suborbital SN6 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Starship SN5 | 150m Hop

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
Aug. 4, 2020, 11:57 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Test Flight

The Starship SN5 first flight was a 150m 'hop' from SpaceX's South Texas Launch Site in Boca Chica Village.

Suborbital SN5 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Starship Hopper | 150m Hop

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
Aug. 27, 2019, 10:02 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Test Flight

SpaceX's latest prototype rocket design, Starhopper, has successfully performed a 150m hop on Tuesday August 27, 2019 at 22:02 UTC.

Suborbital Starhopper - Flight Proven ( ) SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Starship Hopper | 20m Hop

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
July 26, 2019, 3:45 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Test Flight

The Starhopper test article performed an untethered hop to an altitude of 20m.

Suborbital Starhopper - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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