Full Replay: SpaceX Launches Second Starship Flight Test

Published 2023-11-18
SpaceX is targeting Saturday for the second flight of Starship. The company has received regulatory approval for the flight. The flight will feature the newly added hot staging ring, allowing the Ship to separate from the Booster while the Booster engines are still firing. The stack features multiple upgrades compared to the first flight, including 63 upgrades SpaceX submitted to the FAA to mitigate issues from the first flight. Ahead of the launch, SpaceX will close the road, evacuate the village and surrounding area, and clear the potential blast radius.

Booster 9 will attempt a soft splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico, while Ship 25 will attempt to fly around the earth before performing a reentry and hard splashdown in the Hawaiian area.

Window Opens: November 18th at 7AM CST (13:00 UTC)
Window Closes: November 18th at 7:20AM CST (13:20 UTC)

Mission: Starship's second fully integrated test flight
Vehicles: Booster 9 and Ship 25
Recovery: No recovery. Booster will attempt soft splashdown, Ship will not and instead will impact the ocean
· SpaceX's 85th launch of the year and the 6th launch of the month
· SpaceX's 2nd space launch from Starbase
· Starship will, once again, become the largest, most massive, and most powerful rocket every created breaking its own record.

Forum link: forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=57219.0
SpaceX's launch page: www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=starshi…
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NSF Launch Article: www.nasaspaceflight.com/2023/11/ift-2-launch/

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All Comments (21)
    Hopefully, the next launch will take place within the next 3 months. January will be amazing!
  • @ 8:56:11 Explosion/fireball near the grid fin pointing to the camera before it passes the mechazilla arm
  • Thank you, NASASpaceflight for making amazing content for us, and the whole spaceflight community!
  • @jeroenk3570
    That booster explosion looked magnificent, it looked like a super nova nebula. Thank you SpaceX and NSF, well done.
  • @ch1llspace
    Booster phase of flight was flawless. I'm highly confident that IFT-3 will reach reentry.
  • Some stream highlights
    1:39:00 I'm dead lmao 😂
    2:2300 Chris doubting we would see a lauch on its first attempt. Starship: "Are you challenging me?"
    9:00:00 Starship lauched, everybody goes nutz
  • @rizqanart
    Booster 9 sacrifice for Ship 25 to get into orbit will not be forgotten. Congrats for the epic launch SpaceX 🎉
  • @jporritt
    I’m going to get these hyper-positive people to narrate my life.
  • @Deflower-me-tap
    With two RUD's it's important to test next rocket ASAP and test the heat shield the FAA should issue an ongoing experimental licence based on the rocket control SpaceX showed here but the government (FAA) may get involved and the next licence may be six months to a year.
  • @Mary_iiv
    2 mln views and the live broadcast has just ended. crazy!!! congrats and thank you all for the coverage!
  • From what i could tell, The boost put too much of a turn on it when it separated to burn back and could not correct itself. It did turn around FAST for how big that thing is, I think if they halved the turn around speed they would of maintained control fine.
  • @blakenaftel3637
    Can't help wondering why this was one of the rare 1080p streams.
  • Please, hopefully the next launch of IFT-3 will be in January the 15th to coincide with my 21 year old birthday!!
  • @CromoPaleoShow
    That shot with the boats in the foreground shows you just how unbelievably massive this thing is