SpaceX Starship launch: Elon Musk gives SN10 60% chances of landing after first flight | Science | News

SpaceX believes this is the most optimal way to land the rocket on worlds like Mars, where airstrips and landing pads are a non-existent commodity.

As Starship falls towards the ground, it will be guided by four fins mounted on its side – much like skydivers use their arms to guide their descent.

Then, just before Starship hits the ground, the rocket will flip upright again and fire its engines for a controlled landing.

So far, SpaceX has failed to ace this final step but judging by the success of the Falcon 9 – the world’s first reusable rocket – the company will eventually get there.

SpaceX said: “These test flights are all about improving our understanding and development of a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo on long-duration, interplanetary flights and help humanity return to the Moon, and travel to Mars and beyond.”


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