Starship SN15 Landed. Now What? | What's Next for SpaceX's Starship
With SN15 now on display, SpaceX appears to be making a full push toward the first orbital test flight using both Starship & Super Heavy from Boca Chica. Ian Atkinson lays out what SpaceX is doing to prepare for this momentous mission.

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  • NASASpaceflight

    And the latest update article:

    • A

      Thanks for the great update, for those of us who can't follow every update this was really helpful.

    • manofsan

      So no more SN16 --- orbital SN20, here we come!

    • malpesoup spoup
      malpesoup spoup

      nasaspaceflight yoir epic

    • Ruben Dario Herrera Sanchez
      Ruben Dario Herrera Sanchez

      buenos videos, saludos desde colombia

  • mikegonsalves11

    Love these updates a lot of information

  • Mike B
    Mike B

    Great concise update in what has been going on - after a few weeks away from social media,this update was perfect for me.

  • Super Straight
    Super Straight

    Thanks for the update ....

  • Jokubas Mickus
    Jokubas Mickus

    Great stuff, just record the audio properly next time

  • timy_g

    can you make a video about all your robots and the software / hardware and stuff like that?

  • Hannah Farber
    Hannah Farber

    Great job!! 😊

  • shawn douglass
    shawn douglass

    Good job my friend😁

  • Steve Larsen
    Steve Larsen

    Hope they weld SN15's feet to the concrete before the next hurricane comes along!

  • David

    Thanks Ian. Nice to have a relaxing re-cap up to the present. I watch every day, but having a soothing voice going over the events, helps sort the 'clutter' of distractions. Keep the format and maybe add a bit of what you think the 12m water tank will be used for and maybe how it will be used. I'm thinking jet engines in front of the OLP pushing a strongly directed spray of water towards the estuary to divert the exhaust flames and engine noise.

  • Paul Steven Conyngham
    Paul Steven Conyngham

    this is awesome. Keep it up man

  • Don Lourie
    Don Lourie

    Good job. You have very good diction.

  • Carlo iOS Dev
    Carlo iOS Dev

    Kinda sussy for sn15

  • Michael Montague
    Michael Montague

    Came looking for an update on SN15 and got a fantastic summary of goings on since. Onwards and upwards for SpaceX and NASASpaceflight. Well done with the channel!

  • Alfons Muhs
    Alfons Muhs

    Its ginig so slow compared to sub orbital test flights :///

  • T C
    T C

    Full orbital flight between them eye sockets.

  • Andrew Mitchell
    Andrew Mitchell

    Thanks. I really enjoy these update videos because they lay out the bigger picture which is easy to lose site of watching the daily update videos. Please keep these up!!

  • Madmattspooky Gaming
    Madmattspooky Gaming

    Hi my brother has sn 15 T-shirt

  • Rklystron

    Nice. Thank you.

  • Ronald Jennings
    Ronald Jennings

    That was good information keep us in touch for sure🚀 and God bless🙏

  • Russell Terry
    Russell Terry


  • Wonko Sane
    Wonko Sane

    You are doing a great job! It has been nice to see this young man blossom in confidence. He certainly knows his stuff....

  • John Holgate
    John Holgate

    You’re just a regular guy, but your reports are complete and contain only the facts, that keep my expectations in check! Thanks for creating a channel that does what NASA in previous years never did! I love this about our current time.

  • Dan Alexander
    Dan Alexander

    Remember when Elon said on twitter that he may have an update about starship development while standing below SN15? But I think it's a NO for now........ Meanwhile at NSF: fine i'll do it myself. 😂

  • Bryan Block
    Bryan Block

    Love these updates - very well done! Thanks for your work, NSF crew!

  • Lucurous

    It's not important, but can you zoom out your camera for better framing?

  • KCA


  • Stephen Street
    Stephen Street

    Great vid. Thanks so much for the update, please keep them coming, I am hooked.

  • Mark D
    Mark D

    Im surprised they didn’t do at least one more 10km hope in the mean time given that they only landed successfully once.

  • David Boyle
    David Boyle

    A nice rundown. Concise and informative. We'll done.

  • Joost Stam
    Joost Stam

    Thank you so much, NSF team, for this overview. I did not have time for the daily video's since the beginning of the year and it's hard to keep up with the progress while I'm finishing my Software Engineering degree and Thesis right now. Always inspiring to see SpaceX solve problems and do stuff in the open. Have a nice day team!

  • robert brander
    robert brander

    Someone said they were Scrapping SN16 -19 !! .... Too Bad ... I wanted to see some Repeat Performances ! ... Just to fine tune the Process and Prove they can do It ! ... But then again ... We Landed on the Moon Perfectly ... 1st Try ! .... So , Landing like this must be super Easy ! :-)

  • SiggyPony

    Very nice update :)

  • MrVipitis

    Do you got an infographic kinda overview of all current prototypes?

  • Ghostbit

    Super helpful summary of progress at Starbase. The team at NASASpaceflight puts out a ton on content and it is hard sometimes to consume it all so this was a nice concise refresher, THANJ YOU! I hope you will do more of these from time to time as needed. Cheers!

  • etbadaboum

    I love this kind of video format. Many infos we don't find elsewhere.

  • Vladimir Kulakov
    Vladimir Kulakov

    Thanks! Please, make your voice quite louder next time.


    estupendo video reportaje


    Please do these updates more frequent with more imagery :)

  • Diversive Gamers
    Diversive Gamers

    How do people dislike this?

    • shawn douglass
      shawn douglass

      People with miserable lives😜

  • Why?

    Any info on if SN20 will do a test hop to verify the hardware and check heat shield durability before the orbital flight?

  • Mortizul

    That was a really good update!

  • Dana Peck
    Dana Peck

    Great job! I watch the daily feed, this summary really ties it all together (with apologies to Jeff Bridges). Minor suggestion: a time code index is always handy.

  • Random 888
    Random 888

    Those engines are probably never going to come back, they are probably being shipped off to be dismantled piece by piece for data and analysis purposes on what needs to be improved and what ware and tear happened during flight.

  • Victor Czmor
    Victor Czmor

    Awesome recap! I haven't been able to track things too closely recently so that was perfect. Only question is was it ever figured out what exactly they were testing with the nose cone test rig?

  • Yaivenov

    Now this is proper journalism, non stop facts and info!

  • z beeblebrox
    z beeblebrox

    So instead of reflying SN15, they're retiring that entire block of Starships in favor of building the orbit-capable model. And instead of test flying their first Superheavy with 3 raptors, they're jumping straight to 29. I get the slight impression they're trying to pick up the pace...

  • manicwombats

    This is awesome, can we get weekly update videos like this?

  • Nelson's Wings
    Nelson's Wings

    Excellent recap, very well edited and produced. Question, does SpaceX permit nearby drone flights? Some aerial footage would be informative.

    • Sidara

      No, SpaceX does not allow drone flyovers of the site. If you search for 'RGV Aerial' on Twitter, he does regular (plane) flyovers of the site at a legal height.

  • Jeff Cadman
    Jeff Cadman

    Thanks. I definitely appreciate these concise summaries and analysis, in addition to the daily video edits from Boca Chica. Please keep it up!

  • Tom Capon
    Tom Capon

    I guess if you can make a water tower that flies, making one that sits on the ground is pretty easy.

  • basbekjenl

    Regarding the failure rate of the raptor engines that are still getting better what would happen if 5 or 6 of the 29 raptor engines fail on the superheavy? No raptors have failed on ascent but I was just wondering how much overhead does the superheavy have for engine out capability? Can't wait to see it fly thank you for reporting this nsf

  • Richard Holmquist
    Richard Holmquist

    Ian, your videos say STOP, frame freezing the activity at Boca Chica telling us exactly where the Mars project is at this moment. Your clear factual synopsis gives us a base on which to brace for the new whirlwinds of activity that will next engulf us in the daily videos.

  • David Hall
    David Hall

    Excellent update, now I feel like I'm all caught up... :)

  • Biff Pope
    Biff Pope

    Terrific and to the point Ian! Keep it up.

  • Kickstarter Radio 102.4
    Kickstarter Radio 102.4

    Don't forget the all important High Bay Bar that one day you may be invited to on a launch or the next Starship presentation!

  • Patrick Jack
    Patrick Jack

    We all appreciate the hard work the NSF team is doing bringing us information about the progress of SpaceX. I disagree that SN16 will be scrapped, far from it. August winds are best for launches and I think we'll see SN16 prove reusability of suborbital flights as well as serve as a testing platform for the ever renewing iterations of raptor engines. SN16 has great value in many respects.

  • mikegonsalves11

    A lot of new information really great update 👍

  • Bliss Delavie
    Bliss Delavie

    great, clear, complete, accurate update... great work... thanks

  • James Powers
    James Powers

    Solid update! Love the concise and to the point overview. Keep them coming!

  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith

    Need about one of these a week

  • Nathan Ball
    Nathan Ball

    Heck I love the music. Where is it from?

  • Marek Marko
    Marek Marko

    Any chance of SpaceX moving SN15 to the Johnson Space Center for display?

  • gglendon

    I like the progress images every day but this overview was very much appreciated. Great work, all of you.

  • Rudolf Tobias Randal
    Rudolf Tobias Randal

    I find it really weird if they will try an orbital launch without a testflight of a booster before that. Seems like one hell of a risk ?

  • Top Secret
    Top Secret

    2:03 “and given that SpaceX doesn’t seem to want to do any more suborbital testing.” That’s only IF they intend on not doing any more suborbital flights. There are still profiles and conditions that they couldn’t figure out by flying 10km, nor by flying a starship to near-orbit. Therefore, this means that SN16 still has a chance of being completed and rolled out. What appears to be the case may actually not.

    • Lensflare Deviant
      Lensflare Deviant

      What kind of test would they do with SN16 other than another hop?

  • captcardor

    I really enjoyed this presentation. Even though I watch a number of sites, it is useful to have a summary overview to put it all together. My brain does not operate on "Elon-time", so this helps! LOL!

  • EvilTuna

    I really enjoy these videos. Very informative and to the point.

  • Carl

    Thanks for this overview of what's going on.

  • NightyB

    thanks for the overiew.

  • Sharkey Studios
    Sharkey Studios

    I like when we have commentary!

  • Alex droner
    Alex droner

    thanks man

  • Wild chameleon
    Wild chameleon

    Hi everyone. I'm seeking help in this amazing community because I know someone out there has the right info for me. So, I love NSF and such and I've decided that I wanted to check out Starship by myself this year, hopefully in October by the same time as Crew-3. I'm living in France. Does anyone plan these kind of trips in the US? What would be my best option to get to see both the Cape and Boca? Airplane, car? I'm new to this. Many thanks.

    • Wild chameleon
      Wild chameleon

      @Sidara Thank you. NSF and others have been of a great help for me during this past year and can't thank'em enough for that. Community is also super helpful and positive. Can't wait to check things out with my own eyes.

    • Sidara

      @Wild chameleon Yes I would think things would be much better by October. Hard to say for sure though. Good luck if you decide to go!

    • Wild chameleon
      Wild chameleon

      @Sidara Would you guess that by October things will look better regarding the pandemic and closures, travel restrictions and such? It's what bugs me the most for now, because it seems like it's getting there...

    • Sidara

      You can get tours of Kennedy Space Center although I believe they are currently closed because of the pandemic. There are public areas from which you will be able to watch the launch of Crew-3. To see Starship you would need to fly from Florida to Brownsville and then hire a car and drive to Boca Chica as there are no organised tours.

  • JD Sherman
    JD Sherman

    Is this channel associated with NASA? Doesn't seem so and seems misleading to call it NASA Spaceflight

  • Knight

    Think they'll do an orbital launch late this year at the earliest, realistically getting SH all sorted out will push things back to 2022.

  • Micah Rust
    Micah Rust

    Thanks for the overview.

  • William Souza Almeida
    William Souza Almeida

    Thanks Ian, great job!!! And u are so cute!

  • Kathryn Wilton
    Kathryn Wilton

    I really like this overview, and will keep my eye out for future ones. I like seeing/hearing a round up of what's going on, since I can't always watch the livestreams or the daily(?) summary videos. Would you guys consider doing a video about the whole site with arial overviews along with explanations and perhaps renders of projected future development? Kinda of something like someone would see from a very detailed in-person tour sort of thing. I'm a very *VERY* visual person, and having that sort of orientation video would be extremely welcome! THanks so much, and keep up the AMAZING work!

  • Nuova Zeta
    Nuova Zeta

    Nice summary update, thanks

  • William Wilson
    William Wilson

    I love that the captions called it bokeh chica. The photographers have taken over.

  • Jari Järvinen
    Jari Järvinen

    What's next.... make those Raptors work in all situations, and make them reusable. Then make the heatshield that can take the heat and the repeated beatings. The rest should be easy, at least until you need to take off form Moon and from Mars.

  • Mark Huebner
    Mark Huebner

    Thanks! Great show, timely perspectives!

  • geovani viana Noronha
    geovani viana Noronha

    Pensei que fosse dono do Facebook kkk

  • Edd Jordan
    Edd Jordan


  • Karl U.K
    Karl U.K

    Come on SpaceX, pull your finger out. Need more NSF live streams. Feel like I’m on rations lately

  • Sean Douglas
    Sean Douglas

    Thank you, we would like more of these

  • chris warr
    chris warr

    Are there solar panels above the starbase sign, on the slopped roof?



  • Les Williamson
    Les Williamson

    Great report

  • Joshua Olsen
    Joshua Olsen

    Great video! But I would strongly speculate against 29 engines on B3. They’re knowingly ditching it, and that is 2-3 months of raptor production dedicated to one launch.

    • Lensflare Deviant
      Lensflare Deviant

      @Joshua Olsen If they're not testing the plumbing (and it's a big concern) for all those engines there is no point since that kind of testing will have to be done anyway. Thrust puck and fuel delivery are kinda key to the whole operation and so far something they haven't done at this scale. Staging and grid fins are things they do have experience with it makes no sense to test just those while ignoring the the more important mile stones. Besides the hardware for a full set of engines has been seen onsite already. Why have it fabricated and delivered if they're not going to use it?

    • Joshua Olsen
      Joshua Olsen

      @Lensflare Deviant absolutely there is. SN20 can still reach ‘orbital’ speeds with only 9 engines, the CGT can still be tested, the staging, the grid fins, etc. what can’t be tested other than the thrust puck and full fuel delivery?

    • Lensflare Deviant
      Lensflare Deviant

      There is no point in testing less.

  • Starhopper

    One thing I'm super excited for in the orbital test flight will be seeing all of those raptor engines on the super heavy firing at once, then seeing that plume expansion Oh and seeing a starship fully coated with TPS tiles

  • Shirl S
    Shirl S

    Enjoy the summaries- Christmas tree still up in background 🤭

  • star. Watcher Steven
    star. Watcher Steven

    Nice one

  • memelord andromeda
    memelord andromeda

    They really need to respray the launch table legs,its looking rough imo

    • Lensflare Deviant
      Lensflare Deviant

      They'll look worse after a launch. :)

  • Off Da Grid
    Off Da Grid

    Thanks to all at NASAspaceflight for your daily coverage especially Mary for the daily tour.

  • Steve

    I watch every video every day, but this is still very welcome and very well done.... it's hard to get enough!

  • The Art
    The Art

    Watching LabPadre is painful to watch...I know that History takes time to make, I'm a teen and impatient ! so hurry up please!

  • Real

    SN15 put on a display stand. That's exactly what I hoped its final resting place would be. Rest comfortably you beautiful stainless beast.

  • Brett

    I'd definitely watch more of these! I'd like to see them regularly.

  • The Knave
    The Knave

    Great update. Thank you!

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