SpaceX launches, lands Starship in 1st successful flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX successfully launched and landed its futuristic spaceship on Wednesday and eventually made a test flight of the rocket ship that Elon Musk uses to land astronauts on the moon and send people to Mars.
The previous four test flights resulted in fiery explosions before, during, or shortly after touchdown on the southeastern tip of Texas near Brownsville.
This latest updated version of SpaceX's spherical stainless steel rocket ship flew more than 10 kilometers over the Gulf of Mexico before flipping and lowering horizontally and then back up to vertical in time for touchdown.
“Starbase Flight Control has confirmed that, as you can see in the live video, we cannot be reached. The spaceship has landed! Announced starting commentator John Insprucker.
A fire at the base of the 50-meter missile was quickly extinguished and the missile stalled after the six-minute flight. Musk tweeted the landing was "nominal" - in other words, according to the book.
Success came on the 60th anniversary of the flight of the first American in space, Alan Shepard. SpaceX achieved an impressive two weeks of success: the launch of four more astronauts to the space station for NASA, the nation's first nightly crew splashdown since the Apollo moon shots, and two launches for their mini-internet satellites.
Less than a month ago, NASA chose the SpaceX spaceship to bring astronauts to the surface of the moon in the next few years. However, the $ 3 billion deal was canceled last week after losing companies - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Dynetics - protested the selection.
Musk said last month that NASA money will support the development of Starship, which is set to eventually launch on a super heavy booster. He said it had been a "fairly expensive" project so far and was largely funded internally. The first altitude test took place in December.
"As you can see, we blew up some of them when you watched the videos. So one way or another, excitement is guaranteed," Musk told reporters after the privately owned company's second crew flight on April 23.
Long after touching down on Wednesday, Starship was still tall.
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