Starship | SN15 | High-Altitude Flight Test

As early as Wednesday, May 5, the SpaceX team will attempt a high-altitude flight test of Starship serial number 15 (SN15) - our fifth high-altitude flight test of a Starship prototype from Starbase in Texas. SN15 has vehicle improvements across structures, avionics and software, and the engines that will allow more speed and efficiency throughout production and flight: specifically, a new enhanced avionics suite, updated propellant architecture in the aft skirt, and a new Raptor engine design and configuration.
Similar to previous high-altitude flight tests of Starship, SN15 will be powered through ascent by three Raptor engines, each shutting down in sequence prior to the vehicle reaching apogee - approximately 10 km in altitude. SN15 will perform a propellant transition to the internal header tanks, which hold landing propellant, before reorienting itself for reentry and a controlled aerodynamic descent.

The Starship prototype will descend under active aerodynamic control, accomplished by independent movement of two forward and two aft flaps on the vehicle. All four flaps are actuated by an onboard flight computer to control Starship’s attitude during flight and enable precise landing at the intended location. SN15’s Raptor engines will then reignite as the vehicle attempts a landing flip maneuver immediately before touching down on the landing pad adjacent to the launch mount.
A controlled aerodynamic descent with body flaps and vertical landing capability, combined with in-space refilling, are critical to landing Starship at destinations across the solar system where prepared surfaces or runways do not exist, and returning to Earth. This capability will enable 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.
Given the dynamic schedule of development testing, stay tuned to our social media channels for updates as we move toward SpaceX’s fifth high-altitude flight test of Starship!

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  • What will they do about landing on uneven ground?

    spamsquirrelspamsquirrelVor 2 Stunden
  • 13:12 I thot it would explosde

    Trashman_RocketTrashman_RocketVor 2 Stunden
  • where Is 3 2 1 ignition

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  • wow~ gogogogo(。・ω・。)ノ♡

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    • good lucky SN16

      风北风北Vor 4 Stunden
  • We can invent rockets but not cameras that work reliably.

    ItzMikeOmgItzMikeOmgVor Tag
    • @ItzMikeOmg …….what? You got issues my guy, I was just trying to mention how the signal loss is issue with the vibrations emitted from the raptors …… that’s why after they shut down we usually get some camera feed

      Eduardo Rodriguez VazquezEduardo Rodriguez VazquezVor 3 Stunden
    • @Eduardo Rodriguez Vazquez Dude go be a troll somewhere else.

      ItzMikeOmgItzMikeOmgVor 3 Stunden
    • @ItzMikeOmg …… so your just going to ignore the the whole vibration thing? And SpaceX was using their star link s satellites so it was highly experimental

      Eduardo Rodriguez VazquezEduardo Rodriguez VazquezVor 3 Stunden
    • @Eduardo Rodriguez Vazquez Good lord cuz, a camera signal travels at the speed of light, a gopro could do better than what they used.

      ItzMikeOmgItzMikeOmgVor 3 Stunden
    • @ItzMikeOmg I can’t believe you have the audacity to replay with that You’re the one mentioning that maintaining camera signal should be far more easier than flying these rockets I’m not sure if you watch SpaceXs falcon 9 launches but even now they somewhat struggle to get a stable camera feed and they’ve been doing it for years You must think I’m speaking out of my ass …the only reason why I mention the vibrations is because SpaceX themselves have mentioned that for being the main cause of camera signal loss

      Eduardo Rodriguez VazquezEduardo Rodriguez VazquezVor 4 Stunden
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    Levell JonesLevell JonesVor 2 Tage
  • ELON MUSK for President #2024

    David FonsecaDavid FonsecaVor 2 Tage
  • To the SpaceX experts here in this forum. ===================================== Dear colleagues, ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1) We (our team) would like to carry out under weightlessness conditions the experiment, described in PART 3 of the link . ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2) How much does it cost: a) to hire the necessary equipment and technology devices; b) to hire the related qualified people; c) a member of our team to carry out personally under weightlessness conditions the experiment, described in PART 3 of the link ; d) some combination of the above three. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3) Please describe in detail all your rules and requirements, if possible. ====================================== Looking forward to your answer. Sincerely Yours, Andrew Meliokrates

    Andrew MeliokratesAndrew MeliokratesVor 2 Tage
    • This is no forum dude. You can't reach ANYONE from SpaceX in a DE-visions comment section.

      TimeProTimeProVor 2 Tage
  • It’s the big falcon

    Brock SpringerBrock SpringerVor 2 Tage
  • Make a machine which make human free from any diseases within a second or a minute,

    prince kumarprince kumarVor 3 Tage
    • Maye be u should try that bc u didnt shit for Humanity

      CedwyCedwyVor Tag
    • starship is that

      Pol “Politon” VallsPol “Politon” VallsVor 2 Tage
  • Launch on year 2046 if yo launch on that year so there are more technology to live on mars and on other planets

    Nahyan AkilNahyan AkilVor 3 Tage
  • DoD will be forced to copy the concept since this is an example of a private party building a civilian aerospace vehicle superior to every conventional bomber ever built and most ever dreamt. That payload size will (because necessity ensures someone somewhere will do it the US will be compelled to develop combat overmatch) make a spectacular Strategic Rocket Bomber. US versions could sit Alert in CONUS, HI, AK Guam etc providing global reach with conventional weapons of single (rare but possible like large conventional or thermobaric ordnance), multiple and multiple heterogeneous systems ready for immediate launch since UNlike ballistic missiles they may be recalled like obsolete manned conventional bombers whose "stealth" is ephemeral and which can be shot down by any modern fighter unless escorted to target (which delays launch much, much more). Payloads could employ any suitable munitions including Lazy Dog style cheap kinetics too many and dense for enemy defense (and dirt cheap) which could be augmented with ablative coatings to delay laser kills thus enabling sibling projectiles (along with hot balls atmospherically formed of any lasered metal) to reach target. Scatter could be controlled by well-understood cluster dispenser systems and cluster pods could also contain an appropriately suppressive mix to (for example) provide rapid viable "strike with system near-impunity" from above against an invasion fleet, ground units and buried systems. The rocket itself could be used as a kinetic munition against sufficiently valuable targets (conventional strike missions can easily compare in cost to a Starship and cost much more when aircraft are lost, affordable freight implies delivery of any payload). Closing mountain passes etc could be done by deploying drone swarms with any mix of drones permitting terrestrial loitering to deter enemy advances or disrupt them. Deterrent missions can be flown since the system is safely recallable. Just knowing one or a squadron is overhead is considerable deterrent. Consider how many strikes flown by small, slow vulnerable jet fighters (they're small and slow as a broken moped compared to a rocket carrying 100 tons) it took to take down Iraqi systems and (mostly fail to) hunt Scud TELs. Then consider the option to deploy omniscient systems of systems with immediate target saturation vs. flying bombers from Diego Garcia or other safe havens MANDATED by slow, vulnerable-to-anyone-with-an-Air Force or modern SAMs. Heavy rockets are the natural evolution of strategic bombers because they restore most advantage fast bombers once had over slower fighters while forcing opponents to build their own overmatch which few could manage and those are rational actors. That tool will not be left in the toolbox because it's conventional, recallable, versatile, offers better global reach, loiter options and firepower than any system (it makes SR-71 look like a T Model Ford by comparison) and will be cheap to produce thanks to NOT being a DoD invention. Unlike complete meatbags-in-cockpit systems it need not be constrained in development (for area denial purposes anyway) when operated remotely and eventually (also unavoidable because laws do not enforce themselves so force trumps law) autonomously controlled as an option/deadman switch when on combat sorties. (If it's not coming home anyway or should not because it's loaded wasting valued assets over enemy targets is gross military negligence.) Large cargo rockets could also deploy smaller "fighter" rockets like smaller human-free versions of Dream Chaser with their own payloads for dispersed attack operations to overload enemy systems while avoiding bringing the large vehicle close enough to hit. Re-entry of Dyna Soar (great job, old NASA!)-like vehicles could make tracking more difficult. Though modern systems can detect rockets that doesn't mean they aren't capable of surprise by for example loitering well over friendly territory then taking advantage of height to use the extended slant range their altitude offers. They can patrol a nation-sized kill box from well out of airspace rights. Peace requires deterrence requires credible combat overmatch and none of those requirements are negotiable because they are imposed by war itself. National choices are deterrence, combat or surrender with or without destruction as in the rest of the nature of which humanity is a part and never "outside" any more than the technicalities of hive construction are other than of the bee. Strategic Rocket Bombers do not ensure total impunity but certainly would have it against MOST established conventional and less-conventional systems. For peacekeeping UN operations it could swiftly deploy to very simple pads and even use drones with cone penetrometers to determine landing zone stability then deliver food and medical aid in enough early quantity to stave off worse disaster while evac'ing appropriate medical cases to advanced life support within the "golden hour" or close to it. Even the remotest regions could be overflown and supplied by airdropped canisters proven in use since WWII and cheap enough to be expendable (hull shape/components might be repurposed as shelter or components thereof. Rapid biohazard mitigation is now urgently necessary to contain disease outbreaks (Ebola comes to mind more than COVID but diseases are many and varied) by deploying med teams, supplies then swiftly making replenishment runs especially as remoter relief airheads are expanded.

    Ob FuscatedOb FuscatedVor 3 Tage
  • i cnat wait to get on this rocket to go to mars it was my dream ever since i was a kid

    alastor the radio demonalastor the radio demonVor 3 Tage
  • Congratulations space x

    Nightmare KingNightmare KingVor 3 Tage
  • 每天增加你的视频内容,加油,加油,加油.

    Qari Ghulam Shabir maharQari Ghulam Shabir maharVor 4 Tage
  • I can't stop coming back

    Firopense ✔️Firopense ✔️Vor 4 Tage
  • Can I join your team

    Hasitha DilshanHasitha DilshanVor 4 Tage
  • Sir it,s possible

    Hasitha DilshanHasitha DilshanVor 4 Tage
  • si les gens ont une plus grandes connaissance de l'univers et notre place dans celui -ci , ils vont comprendre l'importance de votre travail , et je peut répondre a ces questions . j'ai trouvé la clef , qui sommes nous d'où l'ont viens dans cette univers , l'importance de l'expansion des trous noirs

    guignard yvesguignard yvesVor 4 Tage
  • This brings back feelings from hearing the words “the falcons have landed”

    Jari KooperJari KooperVor 4 Tage
  • Je parle seulement Français très peut l'anglais , si cela peut-être utile je sais a quoi sert les trous noirs et expansion de l'univers je peut l'expliquer et par la fois convaincre les population du bien fondée d'explorer l'univers . AIDÉ MOI VOUS NE SERAIS PAS DÉÇU j'ai trouvé la clef de cette connaissance . l'univers nous a permis d'existé avec une conscience et j'ai la clef

    guignard yvesguignard yvesVor 4 Tage
  • Starship Landing All planes on earth land horizontally on TRIPODS, regardless of length of fuselage or weight from super light piper cubs to jumbo jets to military carrier planes that transport heavy battle tanks to HARRIER jets and F35 fighter planes that do vertical take off and landing. Why do planes land HORIZONTALLY on TRIPODS? It's the safest regardless of how smooth or bumpy the landing may be. AND, consider how tall the Starship is, AND how top heavy with its payload of 100 metric tons - where is the center of gravity? A little tilt, like the lunar lander of Apollo 15 in 1971 - the Starship could topple down. WHAT GUARANTEE have you people that the landing site will be truly flat and sturdy and strong enough to support the FULL WEIGHT of Starship PLUS PAYLOAD. AND YOU'LL BE LANDING A THOUSAND STARSHIPS ON MARS VERTICALLY?!? HOW SURE ARE YOU THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM WON'T TILT. SOFT SOIL OR BLOWING WIND ON A SHIP WITH A LITTLE TILT COULD FALL DOWN.

    Gift of LifeGift of LifeVor 4 Tage
    • The landing legs will be self leveling so that it won't fall over, the ground will still have to be relatively flat to ensure the landing legs can adjust level the starship, in the far future starship will use landing pads similar to the one currently at Starbase. The landing legs on starships right now are single use and only temporary.

      Isaac SothernIsaac SothernVor 3 Tage
    • *Landing legs*

      TuuminshzTuuminshzVor 4 Tage
  • 6:29

    NightmareNightmareVor 5 Tage
  • Forget the engine show what you see up there.

    Slay SlayaSlay SlayaVor 6 Tage
  • How will it be able to land on rough mars terrain? There are no landing pads on Mars. Or are they gonna first install landing using robots before landing?

    India Wala ReactionIndia Wala ReactionVor 6 Tage
    • @TimePro If you are interested in space stuff then tell is it possible to build Jetsuit for astronauts to fly around the earth coming out of space shuttle in space and then getting back in. Do you think that can be possible?

      India Wala ReactionIndia Wala ReactionVor 4 Tage
    • @India Wala Reaction That’s a question only the highest of people can answer. Certainly would be nice if non-qualified people can go to Mars but I would bet they would choose to first send NASA astronaut over to Mars first.

      TimeProTimeProVor 5 Tage
    • @TimePro I had applied for my name as person interested in travelling to Mars if they need People. Do you think they would need non qualified people us?

      India Wala ReactionIndia Wala ReactionVor 5 Tage
    • Starships in the future will have automatic-leveling legs that will sync with the surrounding ground.

      TimeProTimeProVor 5 Tage
  • Elon if your reading this what do you think about this Idea making a rocket that can join with other rockets to make a mars orbital station or building a shipyard on mars

    Omar MurzabaevOmar MurzabaevVor 6 Tage
  • Elon:sees Mars Elon:I've gotta go there

    Omar MurzabaevOmar MurzabaevVor 6 Tage

  • When is the 1 orbital flight test

    Encilidus SaturnEncilidus SaturnVor 7 Tage
    • You mean SN20? Probably August or September, they still need to finish the launch pad and tower, GSE tanks, raptor engines and, well, the rocket

      Isaac SothernIsaac SothernVor 3 Tage
    • July or August

      Jack WhitlockJack WhitlockVor 7 Tage
  • Yet our government just gave Bezos how much for his crappy space program?

    Homeward BoundHomeward BoundVor 8 Tage
    • I scratch your back you scratch mine That's how the game works if you don't play it your loss

      TuuminshzTuuminshzVor 7 Tage
    • Wait... what? Please tell me you are joking. Blue Origin is already a joke

      TimeProTimeProVor 8 Tage
  • Just a SR2 simulation on that

    DomRBXDomRBXVor 8 Tage
  • Plan B

    tom Ickestom IckesVor 9 Tage
  • Uma obra de arte.

    Estanarede.OficialEstanarede.OficialVor 9 Tage
  • I have a question about your Starlink setup. I was trying to find a contact link on the website, but could not. I was curious as if two addresses I use are within the same 'cell' area. If so, I'm good to hook and will get in on this. Thanks.

    Justus PerryJustus PerryVor 9 Tage
  • one day i will be living on marz

    lee castlelee castleVor 10 Tage
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      Cad29Cad29Vor 9 Tage
  • Why does it reminds me of a squids head

    BenBenOyBenBenOyVor 10 Tage
  • When your rocket ship school science project finally lands in one piece.

    TayoEXETayoEXEVor 10 Tage
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    Chris LemforsChris LemforsVor 10 Tage
  • The fact that we went from the Falcon 1 to this is just astounding. Less than 2 decades and SpaceX has went from a tiny little startup to a giant in the aerospace industry, paving the way for reusable rockets, and restoring US capability to launch humans to the ISS. Looking back at the failed Falcon 1 launches in the mid 2000s, no one would’ve guessed that this would be where SpaceX would be in 15 years. Super excited to see orbital starship tests!

    Arizona JewellArizona JewellVor 11 Tage
  • Back in 1990s i thought humans would of reached mars by year 2000 ! Just a bit out 😆

    Robert WlakerRobert WlakerVor 11 Tage
  • When do you do you think humans will reach mars ? 2030s ?

    Robert WlakerRobert WlakerVor 11 Tage
    • 2026

      Eddy DeathwisheEddy DeathwisheVor 6 Tage
    • Id say about 365 x 5 days

      Cad29Cad29Vor 9 Tage
    • give em 5 years

      En3rgYEn3rgYVor 11 Tage
    • Maybe even this decade

      KofiKofiVor 11 Tage
  • I'm so glad I'm not missing anything,😁🤪🌹👽🌞🌺🌹🚀🌌👍

    Chris LemforsChris LemforsVor 12 Tage
  • Is your math exam tomorrow ?

    iLoveMathiLoveMathVor 12 Tage
  • CLARIFICATION: I did not mean a trampoline... I meant a solid thick plate that gives way when in contact with descending rocket... so it allows a "soft" touchdown... Hope that clarifies it.

    Steve VladimirSteve VladimirVor 12 Tage
    • we in fact did not see your first comment

      divat 10divat 10Vor 12 Tage
  • hello, why earth levitate in-universe?

    son of sunson of sunVor 12 Tage
  • Outstanding.

    YsonokoYsonokoVor 12 Tage
  • just had a BRAINFART..... How about using a "springy" flexible landing platform instead of SOLID GROUND, no need to "catch" the THING either . you could use the STUMPY legs without the added cost/weight of extra gear on the landing legs???? Any thoughts?

    Steve VladimirSteve VladimirVor 12 Tage
    • @TimePro Hope they work out a "Safe" solution. I'm speculating it's going to take much longer to produce a "Safe" system that will not risk the lives of the Astronauts/passengers the way they are going at it. Using the type of landing platform I proposed will reduce the risk, and simplify the system, be more practical, and speed up re-usability. The Starship "Shell" is just not sturdy enough to repeatedly land without constant worry of structural fatigue. Put it simply it's stupid, that's why they are resorting to splashing down SN20 and the booster.... That will not go away until they either reinforce the shell or make the Starship stumpier ( preferably wider, 20m diameter does not sound too crazy ( would be a good solution for spinning it around the center and creating artificial gravity when in Zero-G). Stumpier Starship has a few advantages...not as sexy though!

      Steve VladimirSteve VladimirVor 10 Tage
    • Orrrrrrr you can do it the way the SpaceX Engineers want to do it?

      TimeProTimeProVor 10 Tage
    • @Steve Vladimir starship will land on lots of places, not all of them being landing pads

      Pol “Politon” VallsPol “Politon” VallsVor 11 Tage
    • @Pol “Politon” Valls I'm sure Elon would be able to make it's nothing compared to to the rest of the system! he can offer me a job to design it if too busy...

      Steve VladimirSteve VladimirVor 11 Tage
    • @Steve Vladimir this could difficult a lot keeping the rocket standing and making thw workers go to starship

      Pol “Politon” VallsPol “Politon” VallsVor 12 Tage
  • Mate if there humans there they would be saved

    british fanbritish fanVor 12 Tage
  • Parabéns!!!!!! Fico feliz que conseguiram pousar com sucesso!!!

    Gabriel SouzaGabriel SouzaVor 12 Tage
  • What a beast! I still find it hard to believe that a rocket of this size is capable of vertically landing with so much cargo! It looks coming strait from fiction books!

    Evandro Santana PereiraEvandro Santana PereiraVor 12 Tage
  • 11:14 he’s gonna get fired for that 😂

    Heather CottleHeather CottleVor 13 Tage
  • Alright! We'll all be dead from forced vac seen before we get to mars!

    Caerbanog InterruptedCaerbanog InterruptedVor 13 Tage
  • Yes !!!!

    Firoz AhmedFiroz AhmedVor 13 Tage
  • They're going to send a retro 50s rocket to the moon and mars and make an entire city, with houses and resturaunts, police and government and all, from scratch, and call it Space Base. 😄 Musk and SpaceX done lost their damn minds 😄 i love it.

    James LeeJames LeeVor 13 Tage
    • Starship isn't a 1950s rocket, Starship is a 2020s rocket, so many new things with starship

      Isaac SothernIsaac SothernVor 3 Tage
    • What rocket from the 1950s looked like this? This isn't even the finished design. The finished design will have a full back of TPS and the front will look much better. Search it up.

      TimeProTimeProVor 13 Tage
  • Thank u Elon musk I’m so happy it’s in my lifetime and can’t wait to here that starship has landed on Mars ✋💯🤞😉

    Devon PrinceDevon PrinceVor 13 Tage
  • All hail the emperor of mars 😂

    KimKimVor 14 Tage
  • Congratulations Sir Elon Musk 😊😊

    Motivational SpeechesMotivational SpeechesVor 14 Tage
  • I can’t believe it’s already been a month since this!

    Quinn STANFIELDQuinn STANFIELDVor 14 Tage
  • The next generation of SpaceX vehicle is growing and developing in the speed of light

    SFS GamerSFS GamerVor 14 Tage
  • Cosmos here we go!!!

    Guilherme BicalhoGuilherme BicalhoVor 14 Tage
  • 🌏🌏🍀🍀🇵🇱🇵🇱👍👍

    Zbigniew SiwiecZbigniew SiwiecVor 15 Tage
  • After all the failure, they made it!!!!!!! Congrats to space x crews and Elon Musk you finally did it! They made a history!

    Ejzafra TbooomEjzafra TbooomVor 15 Tage
  • Finally done👌👍👍

  • Someone must make John Searl meet Elon Musk. Those two are the key. These two have the technology and the means to make it happen. If Elon Musk introduces John Searls technology, we can make this happen. I’ve analyzed John Searls technology and I really do believe he is the key.

    Sal GSal GVor 16 Tage
    • Not saying its a bad idea, but John Searl is 89 years old. Sure he developed fuel-free power generators (But solar panels and thermoelectric generators exist too) Also read something about anti-gravity, but it did not go into detail at all. Please link me up with something that further explains the anti-gravity part. Other wise, Pretty sure Elon does not need this (rather interesting) person.

      TimeProTimeProVor 10 Tage
    • @Sal G i mean most of the time someone claims something they are expected to have some kind of proof... since you can't share that i really can't beleave you

      divat 10divat 10Vor 11 Tage
    • @divat 10 - why would I write it down? I take in information. I do my research. Have you even bothered to research John Searl or do you depend on others to analyze for you.?

      Sal GSal GVor 11 Tage
    • can i see your "analisis"?

      divat 10divat 10Vor 12 Tage
    • @Sal G starship works on methane, it's not a fossil fuel, and once it become operational, they will stop Falcon 9 production and industry.

      Pol “Politon” VallsPol “Politon” VallsVor 14 Tage
  • hi 8888****

    Chris LemforsChris LemforsVor 16 Tage
  • I’m honestly obsessed with becoming an astronaut because of your work. Hope the 2022 Starship launch from the Deimos launch pad goes well

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