We could still remember how SpaceX’s high altitude flight test ended, how about the main flight? Only a few hours after the SN8 launch earlier today, SpaceX tweeted this clip revealing a zoomed-in view of the Starship prototype as its Raptor engines re-fired and spun the spacecraft in order to get it ready for landing.
At 160 feet tall, SpaceX said this would be the largest craft to perform such a move.
The capture is zoomed in close enough for you to see details of the engines moving and what appears to be green TEB igniter fluid spraying.
Starship landing flip maneuver pic.twitter.com/QuD9HwZ9CX
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 10, 2020
Following Elon Musk’s explanation in a tweet, low fuel header tank pressure during the landing caused it to come down too fast to avoid a crash, but “controlling all way to putting the crater in the right spot was epic!!.”
That all did so much better than I thought 😂 I can’t believe what I just saw. Speechless. Huge huge congrats to you and the @spacex team! Incredible milestone
— Everyday Astronaut (@Erdayastronaut) December 9, 2020
Successful ascent, switchover to header tanks & precise flap control to landing point! https://t.co/IIraiESg5M
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2020