Today the SpaceX SN8 prototype Starship launched and flew.
Here’s the SpaceX feed where you can see the engines bay and the land from the rockets perspective. Fast forward to 1:47:00 to see the launch:
Then, for more whooping and hollering along with general excitement and shouting, Everyday Astronaut (4:41:00 for launch):
Rather amazing and a way of flying I’ve never seen from a rocket before.
At about 12 km peak, the rocket transitions to falling / flying on it’s stubby little wings, to return to the landing pad.
It does this well, proving everything from launch to transition to flight and navigation all worked just as planned.
It is interesting to watch them shutdown the engines, one at a time, during the ascent profile.
A note on the SpaceX page does say they had an issue with tank pressurization, so something to fix for SN9:
On Wednesday, December 9, Starship serial number 8 (SN8) lifted off from our Cameron County launch pad and successfully ascended, transitioned propellant, and performed its landing flip maneuver with precise flap control to reach its landing point. Low pressure in the fuel header tank during the landing burn led to high touchdown velocity resulting in a hard (and exciting!) landing.
Thank you to all the locals supporting our efforts in Cameron County and beyond. Congratulations to the entire Starship and SpaceX teams on today’s test! Serial number 9 (SN9) is up next – Mars, here we come!