It happened after four previous prototypes attempted to land safely after soaring just a few miles into the air, with all previous missions ending in an explosion.
The SN15 is the first iteration of Starship, the vehicle that Musk imagined would one day take the first human to Mars.
The vehicle has several improvements over previous models, according to SpaceX, including hardware upgrades, communications and navigation systems, software, and a larger engine called the Raptor engine.
Improving the maneuver using flick landing is essential to “Enabling a completely reusable transport system designed to carry both crews and cargo on long-haul interplanetary flights and help humanity return to the Moon and travel to Mars and the Earth) Other company websites
The last flying prototype, SN11, exploded during a landing, raining shrapnel on a nearby beach and threatening a nearby video device that YouTubers set up trying to capture the launch. The previous prototype, the SN10, landed in March. But independent footage of the incident showed the vehicle exploded three minutes later.
Until now, all of SpaceX’s Starship prototypes were far less powerful than the final product Musk had imagined, while most of the test vehicles had three engines. But more than 30 of the final spacecraft are expected, including a large, separate rocket called Super Heavy, which is used for takeoff.
SpaceX has yet to publicly test the Super Heavy rocket booster, although Musk said he hopes the Starship spacecraft will reach orbit within a year.
Update: Previous stories indicated that the final spacecraft will have more than 40 engines.It is not clear what that number will be. But the latest data from SpaceX indicates that it will be more than 30.