Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.
The SN10 Starship performed a test flight similar to SN8 and SN9. It launched up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft, did a belly flop maneuver followed by a controlled descent to the landing pad. Despite successfully performing the landing flip maneuver with its three Raptor engines, its vertical velocity was too high on landing, damaging its structure and resulting in an explosive destruction a few minutes after touchdown.
Successful flight overall, but SN10 landed too hard resulting in a RUD a few minutes after touchdown.
Abort at ignition. Standing by for a possible second attempt today.
Potential flight attempt after the evacuation notices given out
SN10 NET than Wednesday. Setting TBD until the evacuation notice is given to residents.
Second static fire complete. Flight NET tomorrow (February 26).
Road closure cancelled for today (Feb 24). Pushing the second static fire and the flight to February 25 and 26 respectively.
One engine of SN10 will be swapped out and a new static fire attempted on February 24. Flight NET February 25 pending a successful static fire.
The SpaceX Starship is a fully reusable super heavy-lift launch vehicle under development by SpaceX since 2012, as a self-funded private spaceflight project. The second stage of the Starship — is designed as a long-duration cargo and passenger-carrying spacecraft. It is expected to be initially used without any booster stage at all, as part of an extensive development program to prove out launch-and-landing and iterate on a variety of design details, particularly with respect to the vehicle's atmospheric reentry.