Friday, 19 April, 2019

SpaceX's 'Starhopper' Starship Prototype Just Aced Its 1st Hop, Elon Musk Says

Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the SpaceX Texas launch site SpaceX's 'Starhopper' Starship Prototype Just Aced Its 1st Hop, Elon Musk Says
Cary Marshall | 06 April, 2019, 22:26

On Wednesday, the Starhopper vehicle conducted a tethered hop at SpaceX's Boca Chica launch site in Texas at 8:56 p.m. EST, Space.com reported. The first stage is now referred to as Super Heavy.

The post also embedded a video from Starship watcher @LabPadre, who tweeted: "All systems green".

SpaceX just fired up the "Starhopper" prototype for the company's planned Starship spacecraft for the first time, according to company CEO Elon Musk.

The video featured above was captured at a distance of six miles by Spadre.com, surf company close to the SpaceX testing facility.

Musk took to Twitter to celebrate the successful test saying "Starhopper completed tethered hop".

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Elon Musk treated in a tweet last month: "First (really short) hops with one engine ..."

The SpaceX Starhopper is a suborbital prototype created to test the concepts and technologies necessary to construct its new 100-person spacecraft, called Starship, and its massive booster, the Super Heavy.

Musk's declaration that Starhopper hit the end of its tether indicates the second hop was likely higher than the first.

SpaceX is performing tests in order to reach a point when its massive Super Heavy booster will be capable of taking the Starship into space and landing it back on Earth, much like the Falcon 9 rocket. A suborbital hop would require all three engines.

SpaceX's Starship hopper originally had a nose, which is now not on the prototype. In its now planned configuration, the Super Heavy would use its 31 Raptor engines to send the refuelable Starship on transcontinental point-to-point trips between earthly spaceports, on orbital missions to deploy bunches of satellites, and on journeys beyond Earth orbit.

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