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SpaceX is planning to launch its Starship SN11 sometime this week. The firm still hasn't performed a perfect landing of the craft but it has been improving its technique after each test.
After several scrubbed launch attempts, SpaceX finally got its Starship SN9 off the ground today thanks to good visibility and wind conditions. Unfortunately, like SN8, the rocket failed to land.
Starship SN8 executed an almost perfect high-altitude flight test before plummeting towards the earth at a velocity greater than the intended threshold. SpaceX and Musk extolled the test as a success.
In a company-wide email, Musk urged SpaceX employees to shift gears, invest significant time, and focus primarily on the Starship initiative henceforth to dramatically accelerate its progress.
Shortly after completing the static fire test of the Raptor engine, the SN4 prototype for the Starship rocket exploded on the test stand. An uncontrolled leak seems to be the culprit.