It is worth noting that these tests were the first in history when a prototype with a large Raptor rocket engine on liquid methane and oxygen was able to successfully complete a fairly long flight, demonstrating thrust and vector engine control. At the same time, the result obtained by SpaceX has not only great technicalbut political value. This stage of testing once again allowed Ilon Mask to demonstrate the relevance of the Starship project for future NASA missions.
Recall that the Space Stars Corporation created by SpaceX is intended for future deep space exploration. The spacecraft, equipped with 7 Raptor engines, will be launched via the Falcon Super Heavy with 35 units.
Starship commercial launches are slated for 2021. At the same time, Elon Musk declares that the first mission of the ship to Mars can take place already in the middle of the next decade.