1. @Boyd Robertson Thank Boyd good to hear from someone who works so closely on and is such an integral part of the SpaceX project team. I didn’t think you guys had the time to spend replying to youtube comments. I think we all appreciate the time you’ve given us here. Good luck for your next launch please pass this message on directly to Mr Musk, thankyou.

  1. The largest manmade object to ever reach 33km in altitude, break the sound barrier, survive passing through maximum dynamic pressure and have over twice the thrust/power of the old Atlas V rockets that took astronauts to the moon and back. Pretty good achievements for a 1st test flight. SpaceX methodology of rapid iterations combined with all the test data should mean another test flight in the next few months. Should be an exciting year.

    1. @EinKerl, those engines are the first of their kind. They are full-flow staged-combustion-cycle rocket engines which has never been accomplished before. This type of engine is far more powerful and efficient compared to other types of rocket engines. Some of them failing on the very first test flight is not “appalling” IMO. Especially considering that some of the engines used for this test were older designs that have already been improved, but they decided to use them for this test because the rocket was going to be crashed into the ocean even if everything went perfectly. The concrete coming apart under the launch pad may also have damaged some of the engines.

      Anyway, it’s kind of funny to hear people in a panic about this. SpaceX uses the rapid iteration approach to engineering. They aren’t afraid to just “send it” with their prototypes and see what happens. The alternative is to sit around for a decade in meetings and committees trying to calculate, vote, and guess about how things will work. SpaceX is the current leader in rocket technology and they are competing with nation states with unlimited budgets. I think they are doing just fine and I’m sure they will figure it out over the next several iterations.

    2. @Nobody Knows Look at the evolution of technology the SLS has vs Starship. They are using the same technology NASA used during the space shuttle era, disposable rockets a tried and true method. An incredible achievement from SpaceX to attempt to create a fully reusable rocket to take payload to orbit and eventually, humans to mars. Not taking credit away from NASA of course, everything they have done thus far is unbelievable compared to how things were before the Space Race of the 1960s. SpaceX is taking the space race to the modern era.

  2. This was a test mission folks.. goal was to launch successfully and see how the vehicle handled separation. A learning stage in this spacecrafts design evolution! So yes a victory for Space X even as a beginning stage rocket in development! You can learn big things even if a craft blows up. Thats why they call it a test launch😂😂😂 congrats Space X Team… it takes everything we know to launch a craft out of Earths gravitational pull! They are working on hard stuff!!❤

    1. @Cale Bouscal It wasn’t expected to actually complete the landing part. Their goal was to just see if they could get a rocket that size off the pad… anything past that in this stage of development was a bonus.

    2. @Tatum Visioncompletely different set of circumstances and engineering design approach. Your comparison is like apples and oranges… or maybe bugs bunny and Daffy Duck…You really should stop watching cartoons read more science.

    3. They don’t know the meaning of test flight. All these bandwagons who know nothing about spacex starship, all they can see is the explosion..

    1. Seeing the title I was like “oh yeah it’s CNN, of course they’re gonna want Musk to fail and make it out like this exploded due to error

  3. Congratulations to the entire Space X team for a successful first test launch. The data gleaned here will be useful to the additional Starships and boosters already built and awaiting flight

    1. Slightly less than 400, actually – 390 something.
      But the moon landing stack of the Saturn V was only around 360 with a lot of it lower diameter.

  4. Can we just all appreciate that Miles O’Brien (Chief of Operations on Star Trek Deep Space Nine) is commenting on a rocket launch! 🚀🖖

    1. Miles EDWARD O’Brien! and let’s bet he has heard that about 1000+ times. and the chance that an aerospace analyst HASNT watched Star trek?

  5. The Legendary Winston Churchill said one day : “Winning is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm”. 🚀🚀🚀🚀🛸

  6. Congrats SpaceX , indeed not a perfect 10 but way more than just clearing Boca Chica site . It was impressive to say the list I’m sure Elon’s crew will make tons of progress in the next flights and they collected huge amounts of data on this one . Now back to the design boards and fab yards and I wish you good luck on the next flights .

  7. Amazing! For everyone who worked tirelessly to see it up in the air you should be proud of yourselves really

  8. If you can not see the ‘win’ in what happened today, you deserve no better.
    It left the pad.
    Let alone stayed together through the tumbling after the non seperation.
    That DATA is priceless.

  9. Unplanned rapid disassembly.. nice. The KSP vibes were real. Many of us have been there (staring in disbelief).. you learn & launch again. Good job SpaceX. Good luck on the next attempt. o7

  10. It wasn’t a failure the whole purpose was to see if it would take off and it did.
    It broke many records and as this was the first test and it did amazing.

    1. @woo wee It was a test rocket and it passed what their were testing the rocket for, so Test Successful = No failure

    2. @woo wee bro their test flight was totally going to make it too the moon 1st try bro especially with the limited fuel supply they put on.

  11. this starship test did not explode, it was deliberately exploded after it failed to remain on-course after multiple engine failures. keep in mind that this was the first test of the super heavy 1st stage, like the first flight of starship it was not expected to survive, nor was the first flight of the falcon nine. what was impressive was that the entire rocket remained intact during the time it was spinning uncontrollably, all other rockets that have gone into such a spin were torn apart by aerodynamic forces. once they get the raptors to function reliably it will be interesting to see what happens next.

  12. Each time I watch this, it is amazing all over again. Anyone who understands rocketry knows what an incredible feat this was even getting it to clear the launchpad. Also exciting is the large amount of data they will have to improve the next Starship. An amazing success indeed!

  13. Something went wrong with the stage separation. Liftoff was spectacular and, in my opinion, impeccable.

  14. So exciting to watch. It felt as exciting as the first Columbia space shuttle launch I saw as a kid back in the 80s. Well done Soace X!!!🙌

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