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SpaceX launch delayed as Elon Musk admits 'suspect' SN10 engine needs replacing

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SN10 will launch to an altitude of at least 6.2 miles (10km), flying straight upwards.

Once the rocket reaches its desired altitude, SN10 will tip over and fall to the ground, belly-side down.

The rocket will then guide its descent using four flaps on its sides, much like skydivers in freefall use their arms and legs to control their flight.

But before SN10 crashes into the ground, the rocket will fire its engines and flip upright again to attempt a soft touchdown.

Both SN8 and SN9 aced the first stage of their test flights but failed the most critical part – the landing.



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