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Type: Prototype
Class: Starship
Status: Retired
Fate: Scrapped in February 2021
Year Built: 2020
Year Decomissioned: 2021


SN5 was a low altitude Starship prototype. According to Musk SN5 was planned to have both header tanks and a nose cone, but following the destruction of SN4 the nose cone was not implemented on the prototype.

Following the destruction of SN4 and the rapid repairs to the pad, SN5 was rolled out and underwent both Cryogenic testing and a static fire test which it passed.

On 4 August 2020 SN5 flew for its first and only time, performing a 150m hop from launch site to landing pad becoming the first prototype since Starhopper to achieve flight.

Following the flight SN5 was retired and returned to the construction yard, where it was dissembled in February 2021, a process that was completed in early March. As of 30 April sections of SN5 were still in the scrap yard.


All dates & times are local unless otherwise indicated.

Date Type Location
April 2020 Construction Boca Chica, Texas
24 June 2020 Moved to Pad Boca Chica, Texas
30 June 2020 Cryogenic Pressure Test Success Suborbital Pad A, Boca Chica, Texas
30 July 2020 Static Fire Success Suborbital Pad A, Boca Chica, Texas
4 August 2020 First Launch Success Suborbital Pad A, Boca Chica, Texas
February 2021 Decomissioned Boca Chica, Texas

Test Launches

Date/Time Launch Site Apogee Outcome Duration
4 August 2020 Suborbital Pad A, Boca Chica, Texas 150m Success ~45 seconds

Raptor Engines

Engine Number Installation Year
SN27 2020

Location History

Location Date From Date To
Production Facility (Boca Chica, Texas) April 2020 24 June 2020
Suborbital Pad A (Boca Chica, Texas) 24 June 2020 4 August 2020
Landing Pad (Boca Chica, Texas) 4 August 2020 Unknown
Production Facility (Boca Chica, Texas) Unknown February 2021


More Information

UTC Time

Wednesday, 07-Dec-22 19:40:16 UTC

Boca Chica Local Time

Wednesday, 07-Dec-22 13:40:16 CST