The Starship SN15 prototype of SpaceX was successfully launched on the night of Wednesday from Texas, before making a successful landing. A great achievement for the company and its future interplanetary spaceships. The Starship SN15, the most recent spaceX vehicle, was scheduled to be shown a few days ago. After several postponements, its launch finally took place last night, shortly after midnight. The spaceship took off, took off, took off about 10 kilometres and then began to descend. The ship then landed successfully about six minutes after the launch.
A few seconds after landing, a fire broke out under the spaceship, but it was quickly brought under control by water hoses.
This is the first time SpaceX has managed to recover one of these Starship prototypes without damage.
The first prototype, SN8, was successfully launched on December 9, but crashed on landing. All three other ships had a similar fate. The SN10 was still able to land, but unfortunately exploded a few minutes after landing.
Now we're waiting for a follow-up, and last week, the Federal Civil Aviation Authority authorized the launch not only of SN15, but also of SN16 and SN17 vehicles planned for the coming weeks.
Let us recall that NASA recently turned its eyes to SpaceX to develop future moon landing vehicles, a deal that apparently has a lot of problems with its rival, Blue Origin.
The cost of the contract between the agency and the company is $2.89 billion. The transaction includes the cost of developing the Moon version of the ship, unmanned demonstration tests and landing with the crew as early as 2024.