Although SpaceX’s prototype landed with a big boom, the agency has successfully achieved a milestone. After a high altitude test, the Starship SN10 successfully came to the ground. For now, this is what matters the most for the crew and all the people who worked for this project.
However, the spacecraft was unable to hold itself at the end moments and therefore, it was exploded. SpaceX launched the spacecraft from Texas [south] at 6:15 pm. It went up to 10 kilometers into the sky. After this, it came back smoothly to Earth, with a touchdown of 6 minutes and 20 seconds.
- SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 3, 2021
Why is SpaceX considering it a big step even when the spacecraft was exploded?
Elon Musk‘s SpaceX eventually know that the mission was a bit staggered at the end, they are considering it as a milestone. The question arises, WHY?
Apparently, SN10’s two immediate predecessors, SN8 and SN9 were okay during the launch. But on 9th of Dec, 2020 and 2nd of Feb, 2021 both hit the ground. Both the spacecrafts were broken into pieces. Therefore, considering that the agency was successful this time with Sn10 is not wrong in many certain ways. SN10 ended with huge bang, but was amazing during its whole journey. So, SpaceX truly deserves a huge applause.
So what was the overall journey of the spacecraft SN10?
This was our like charm — the lucky third chance, says the SpaceX principal integration engineer John Insprucker. He said this on the launching day of SpaceX webcast. He further added that we had a successful touch down on the landing pad. A beautiful test flight indeed, says John.
But as we all know, that was not the end of the story. Some flames were slashed near SN10’s base. Shortly after landing, the team knew something wrong is ought to happen.