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    SpaceX performed a 10km test flight of Starship SN11. The prototype took off, reached its designated altitude, and performed the belly-flop maneuver to descend towards the landing area. At T+5:49, the video feed and telemetry was lost as the engines reignited for landing. Chunks of debris rained down indicating the rocket exploded.
    Starship SN10 performed a high-altitude test flight. It took off from Test Stand A at Boca Chica, TX and flew to an altitude of 10km. It shut down its three Raptor engines as planned and performed the belly-flop maneuver to make a controlled descent towards the landing pad. At 1000 m, it re-ignited its raptor engines to land intact on the landing pad. However, the vehicle exploded a few minutes after touchdown.
    Starship SN9 performed a 10km flight test. SN9 took off powered by its three raptor engines and climbed to the planned altitude. It shut down its three engines as planned and performed a belly-flop maneuver to return to the launch pad. During the landing burn, one of the two Raptor engines intended to be used for the maneuver failed to relight and the vehicle landed at high speed and explored on impact.
    Starship SN8 took off from the test stand in Boca Chica, TX and climbed to the planned altitude of 12.5km using its three Raptor engines. It shut down its three engines and performed the planned belly-flop maneuver to descend towards the landing area. On descent it reignited two if its engines at an altitude of 1000m to slow itself for landing. However, one of the engines was damaged and failed to produce enough thrust to slow the vehicle down for a soft landing. The prototype vehicle impacted the landing pad hard and exploded on impact.
    Starship SN6 took off from the test stand and climbed to the planned altitude of 150m using its single Raptor engine. It moved laterally to the nearby landing pad and landed softly.
    Starship SN5 equipped with a single Raptor engine lifted off from the test stand, climbed to an altitude of 150m. It translated laterally to the landing pad nearby and performed a soft touchdown.
    Starship SN4 performed a static fire test of its single Raptor engine as a part of its test campaign. The static fire appeared to go as planned, but the vehicle appeared to spring a leak while the remaining propellant was being unloaded. The cloud of methane ignited causing the prototype to explode.
    Starship SN3 was loaded with liquid nitrogen to test the prototype under cryogenic conditions. The methane tank was filled with liquid nitrogen and developed a layer of frost as expected. However, the lower oxygen tank appeared to lose pressure and crumpled, causing the vehicle to fail catastrophically.