The shiny, bullet-shaped rocket ship blasted a number of miles into the air from a distant nook of Texas on Wednesday for a six-and-a-half minute take a look at flight.
It was the best and most elaborate flight but for the rocketship that billionaire Mr Musk stated might carry individuals to Mars in as little as six years.
This newest prototype – the primary one outfitted with a nostril cone, physique flaps and three engines – was taking pictures for an altitude of as much as eight miles.
That’s virtually 100 occasions increased than earlier hops and skimming the stratosphere.
Starship appeared to hit the mark or at the least come shut however there was no instant phrase from SpaceX on how excessive it went.
The complete-scale, chrome steel mannequin – 160 toes (50 metres) tall and 30 toes (9 metres) in diameter – soared out over the Gulf of Mexico.
After about 5 minutes, it flipped sideways as deliberate and descended in a free-fall again to the southeastern tip of Texas close to the Mexican border.
The Raptor engines reignited for braking and the rocket tilted again upright.
Upon touching down, nevertheless, the rocketship grew to become engulfed in flames and ruptured, elements scattering.
The complete flight – as dramatic and flashy because it will get, even by SpaceX requirements – lasted simply over six minutes and 40 seconds.
SpaceX broadcast the sundown demo stay on its web site. “Superior take a look at. Congratulations Starship workforce!” learn a scroll throughout the display screen.
Repeated delays over the previous week and a last-second engine abort on Tuesday heightened the thrill amongst house followers.
Mr Musk stored expectations low going into this primary high-altitude try by Starship.
He cautioned earlier this week there was “in all probability” a one-in-three probability of full success.