Epic Starship liftoff didn’t damage launch pad, Elon Musk says

SpaceX’s Starship launch pad appears to have passed its second trial by fire.

The pad, at SpaceX’s Starbase site in South Texas, took a beating on April 20, during the first-ever test flight of a fully stacked Starship vehicle. The huge rocket’s 33 first-stage Raptor engines blasted out a big crater beneath the pad that day, sending chunks of concrete and other debris high into the Texas sky.


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