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Starship • Integrated Flight Test 2 (IFT-2)

November 18, 2023 at 7:02 a.m. CST

SpaceX's Super Heavy booster (B6) and Starship (S25) launch vehicles launches their second fully integrated test flight from the orbital launch pad at Starbase, Boca Chica Beach, Texas.

The launch achieved major milestones, all 33 Raptor engines on the Super Heavy Booster (B6) ignited and made it through stage separation, and the brand-new component of the rocket called the hot stage ring worked as designed.

After the IFT-1 mishap that damaged the base of the launch pad, SpaceX installed a water-cooled flame deflector underneath the Orbital Launch Mount (OLM), which performed as expected during this launch.
Booster 6 experienced a rapid, unscheduled disassembly (RUD) shortly after stage separation, while Ship 25 continued the climb toward space. About eight minutes into flight, telemetry was lost, and the automatic Flight Termination System (FTS) was activated.

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