Shortly after 7:00 AM Saturday, November 18, 2023, SpaceX launched its Starship Super-Heavy Vehicle at Starbase launch pad near Brownsville sending excitement through the air.
The Starship Super-Heavy Vehicle was propelled by all 33 Raptor engines on the Super Heavy Booster.
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, congratulated his team on X (formerly known as "Twitter") for the successful launch.
The Starship successfully lifted off and went through stage separation.
However, the Super Heavy Booster experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly shortly after stage separation.
Despite this, SpaceX emphasized that such tests contribute to learning and improving the reliability of Starship for future endeavors.
The FAA acknowledged a mishap during the launch but reported no injuries or public property damage.
Elon Musk was reportedly at the Starbase launch control at Boca Chica Beach during the event.
Social media, including Twitter and Facebook, witnessed a surge in activity, with people congratulating SpaceX and Musk. Some individuals even shared videos of the launch, while others mentioned feeling the vibrations from the rocket from as far away as San Benito.
Space enthusiasts from across the United States gathered near Starbase to witness the launch and shared their experiences on social media platforms.
SpaceX emphasized the importance of learning from such tests to enhance the reliability of Starship as part of their long-term goal of making life multiplanetary.