Type: Prototype
Class: Starship
Status: Destroyed
Fate: Collapsed during testing
Year Built: 2020
Year Decomissioned: 2020


Construction of SN3 was completed by 29 March 2020 when the test vehicle was moved to the pad.

During its only cryogenic pressure test on 3 April, SN3 had its lower liquid oxygen tanks filled with nitrogen, while the methane tanks were pressurise for testing.

An accident resulted in the nitrogen being vented first, with SN3 then collapsing on itself due to the weight in the upper tanks. Elon Musk later confirmed that this was a result of a test configuration error. At the same time SN4 was already under construction, and some undamaged sections of SN3 would be used in the next prototype.


All dates & times are local unless otherwise indicated.

Date Type Location
29 March 2020 Moved to Pad Suborbital Pad A, Boca Chica, Texas
3 April 2020 Cryogenic Pressure Test Failure Suborbital Pad A, Boca Chica, Texas
3 April 2020 Decomissioned Boca Chica, Texas

Location History

Location Date From Date To
Production Facility (Boca Chica, Texas) March 2020 29 March 2020
Suborbital Pad A (Boca Chica, Texas) 29 March 2020 3 April 2020


More Information

UTC Time

Friday, 30-Sep-22 11:26:40 UTC

Boca Chica Local Time

Friday, 30-Sep-22 06:26:40 CDT