On the night of December 10, SpaceX performed a test launch of the Starship SN8 prototype spacecraft. The main goal is to check all systems of the ship from launch to landing. The flight distance was 8 miles.
The launch of the spacecraft took place in the normal mode from a cosmodrome in the Texas village of Boca Chica. All three Raptor engines successfully climbed the stage all the way to the 12km target. When climbing, first one, then the second engine was switched off.
When landing, the speed of the stage was too high, since the ship did not have time to reduce it for a correct landing. The Starship SN8 eventually exploded, but did it exactly where it should have landed.
The low pressure in the fuel tank during landing resulted in a high landing speed, resulting in a hard (and exciting!) Landing.
According to the company, it was able to obtain all the necessary data, so the launch can be considered successful. The first test took place in August this year, but the lift height was then 492 ft, but the landing was successful.