SpaceX has begun sharing some of the amazing imagery they captured during the 2nd flight of Starship. They captured awesome views from the launch tower to the hot staging of Ship 25 and Booster 9, and we’ll take a look at them all.
Just a quick recap. Ship 25 and Booster 9 launched on Saturday, November 18th, at 8:02 AM CT. All 33 Raptor engines roared to life and built to full thrust as Starship thundered away from the orbital launch mount.
View from atop the tower at liftoff pic.twitter.com/qbXqbXAO8A
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 20, 2023
Booster 9 performed flawlessly during its approximate 2-minute and 43-second burn to then shut down 30 engines as Ship 25 performed a perfect hot stage to propel itself on the way to space. Ship 25 6 Raptor engines continued to burn until just over 8 minutes after liftoff when the automated flight termination system destroyed the rocket.
In hours and days after launch, SpaceX then began sharing some of the views they were able to capture of the historic flight.
Starship liftoff in slow motion pic.twitter.com/PuWMVyU6Lc
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 18, 2023
Starship launching from Starbase just after sunrise in slow motion, where you can clearly see the shockwaves moving through the exhaust plume.
The raw power of the 33 Raptors was visible in this imagery as nonstop shockwaves moved through the exhaust plume. The launch pad held up incredibly well this time around with the addition of the deluge system.
Watch the three center engines on Starship’s upper stage gimbaling just after separation. Right before they ignite for hot-staging, the engines angle themselves outward to direct their exhaust towards the vented interstage before re-centering for ascent. pic.twitter.com/CCSVXfLcuE
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 19, 2023
With Booster 9 being done with its primary portion of the flight, the hot stage maneuver began. This is the first time SpaceX has ever attempted this, and it worked perfectly. Each of the center three sea-level Raptor engines was gimbaled out to aim their exhaust through the vents of the hot stage ring and prevent major damage to Booster 9.
SpaceX wasn’t the only one to capture amazing imagery. Here are just a few from photographers who made the trek to South Texas.
33 Raptors! pic.twitter.com/9WkT9Aluco
— John Kraus (@johnkrausphotos) November 18, 2023
LIFTOFF! What incredible sight as @SpaceX successfully launches the second test flight of Starship from Starbase.
— Adam Bernstein (@ABernNYC) November 18, 2023
— Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer) November 19, 2023