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Scott Manley2024-03-14
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SpaceX successfully performed the third test flight of Starship and Super Heavy, making significant progress despite delays and technical challenges. The spacecraft was launched into orbit with impressive energy levels, showcasing advancements in camera views and trajectory control. Issues arose during reentry, highlighting the importance of maintaining communication and attitude control. SpaceX aims to improve landing techniques and refuel in space for future test flights, setting new records and pushing the boundaries of space flight capabilities.

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SpaceX conducts successful third test flight of Starship and Super Heavy.
02:14
The flight faced delays due to weather concerns, but the booster relit successfully after hot staging and landed softly.
Starship followed a trajectory over Africa into a lower inclination orbit, performing various tests.
Despite not achieving all desired successes immediately, significant progress was made compared to previous flights.
Onboard footage captured the flight, highlighting the multiplay redundant Starlink antenna on both vehicles.
Highlights of Starship Booster Flight Test
03:13
The booster ascended and reached maximum aerodynamic pressure, with improved camera views.
Engines were shut down and relit for stable flight during stage separation.
Booster successfully completed boost back towards home.
Asymmetric engine shutdown raised concerns, but trajectory mirrored Falcon 9 booster.
SpaceX successfully launched Starship, the largest spacecraft ever, into orbit with close to orbital energy.
07:21
The decision to not quite reach orbit was for safety reasons.
The spacecraft held its attitude with noticeable outgassing, consistent with propellant dumping.
Footage from the launch was breathtaking, showing early views inside the nose cone with clouds indicating residual pressure.
Despite not being airtight, there was still some pressure inside.
Issues with spacecraft door and on-orbit tests.
09:33
Concerns about too much atmosphere due to spacecraft door not fully opening.
Uncertainty about success of crowen propellant transfer test and spacecraft rolling for thermal control.
SpaceX attributed failure of engine relight test to anomalous rotation.
Concerns raised about spacecraft's rotation during entry into atmosphere and controlling attitude.
Challenges faced during spacecraft re-entry.
12:44
Attitude control issues led to debris blowing off the vehicle, causing concerns about the heat shield.
Spacecraft observed upside down, leading to a spin due to lack of control authority.
Efforts to correct attitude for entry were unsuccessful, with potential gas depletion in reaction control thrusters.
Plasma encountered during re-entry disrupted communications, making live footage rare.
Challenges of maintaining communication during spacecraft reentry.
16:05
Importance of maintaining attitude control to prevent exposure to hot plasma.
Potential for future live footage during reentry by punching a hole through the atmosphere for radio signals.
Despite technical issues, new records for space flight were set and capabilities of the launch vehicle were demonstrated.
SpaceX successfully tested changes to the staging sequence and booster throttle for Starship.
18:28
The test flight ended with a successful descent into the ocean.
The next flight is planned to take place within two months.
SpaceX is working on developing the ability to catch boosters, refuel in space, and enhance landing techniques through test flights.