BOCA CHICA, Texas (KVEO) — On Wednesday the SpaceX Prototype Starship SN15 launched and returned to its base without incident. It was the fifth high altitude test flight of the rocket.

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The prototype rocket flew as high as 33,000 feet and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeting “Starship landing nominal!” A small fire had broken out after the landing but was contained within a few minutes.


After four test flights of Space X’s next-generation rocket prototype, CEO Elon Musk is skipping ahead to SN15, which is a new version.

According to Musk, SpaceX has flown prototypes SN8 and SN11 at high altitudes and has long intended to incorporate “significant enhancements” into SN15.

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The SN11, which was the last prototype to fly, had exploded during landing. The SN10 prototype landed upright in March but exploded about three minutes later.

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