Starship launch 3 planned for Thursday

Big achievements for Starship in third launch

SpaceX launched its colossal Starship rocket to near orbit in space before it was lost while returning to Earth, a notable improvement after the first two missions ended quickly in explosions.

The company announced it lost the craft at about 10:30 a.m. New York time on a webcast on chief executive officer Elon Musk’s X social media platform.
 
that re-entry footage was amazing, couldnt find any other occurrence of a live feed of re-entry
 
that re-entry footage was amazing, couldnt find any other occurrence of a live feed of re-entry
You won't. They bounced the feed via starlink satellites , not ground based comms, I believe that is a first. We may have had footage on a capsule like Dragon but that would have been recorded locally and then picked up, here the craft are lost.

I could be wrong, not sure if the shuttle did similar speeds on re-entry.

Absolutely amazing.
 
If this was just a normal disposable rocket, it would be considered 100% successful.

It was the reuse efforts that failed.

In expendable mode, Starship is already more capable and cheaper than anything else flying.
Once they get full reuse working...
 
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footage was amazing

Here is some footage filmed with the use of a telescope:

 
Here is some footage filmed with the use of a telescope:

That is stunning!

On a slightly more (even more) nerdy ,


thinking of ordering some filament :)
 
still looks / feels like a science fiction movie ,

I see the next ship is on the launch mount, beach and highway scheduled for closure today, so we might see a static fire today.

They are seriously moving ahead quickly
They said maybe even April or May for next.
 
still looks / feels like a science fiction movie ,

I see the next ship is on the launch mount, beach and highway scheduled for closure today, so we might see a static fire today.

They are seriously moving ahead quickly
The target for test 4 is April 2024 and "at least 6 Starship test launches in 2024" - crazy.

At this rate, SpaceX is likely to get full re-usability by end of 2024 it will be an amazing achievement and will instantly make all other launch providers redundant.

With Starship launch costs reduced to a few million dollars
see https://futurism.com/elon-musk-starship-launch-1-million
and ~200 tons fully reusable and ~400 tons expendable why would you use anything else?
see https://payloadspace.com/payload-research-starships-progress-and-exploring-expendable-configuration/

EDIT: Seems launch date is May 4th - star wars day ;)
 
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The target for test 4 is April 2024 and "at least 6 Starship test launches in 2024" - crazy.

At this rate, SpaceX is likely to get full re-usability by end of 2024 it will be an amazing achievement and will instantly make all other launch providers redundant.

With Starship launch costs reduced to a few million dollars
see https://futurism.com/elon-musk-starship-launch-1-million
and ~200 tons fully reusable and ~400 tons expendable why would you use anything else?
see https://payloadspace.com/payload-research-starships-progress-and-exploring-expendable-configuration/
Imagine the possibility of travelling to the other end of the world in 30 or so minutes
 
Imagine the possibility of travelling to the other end of the world in 30 or so minutes
I think an hour is more realistic. Consider:

1. Embark
2. Launch
3. Rise to apogee for destination
4. Descent and re-entry.
5. Gentle flip and landing burn.
6. Disembark

I can also see rather a hub transport system. So lets say a few hubs with multiple docking slips. A starship ascends to a hub , docks. Passengers tranship and a different starships descend. That allows the use of multiple ships on a destination rotational basis, same as aircraft. Frequency of travel will be determined by main routes. Even orbital starships as shuttles between hubs as the hubs could be geo-synchronous to optimise launch/landing trajectories. Shuttle fuel burn would be quite low, majority of travel in a coast phase.
 
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