Elon Musk, SpaceX aim for post-flames Starship hover test next week. After setting off a fireball and hitting delays, the "Starhopper" is almost ready to explore life off the ground.
SpaceX Starhopper successfully hovered for 57.36 seconds around 6pm EDT (22:00 UTC) August 27th in Boca Chica, Texas. Starhopper’s untethered test flight was postponed yet again. The Starhopper, SpaceX’s test vehicle designed to pave the way for a trip to Mars, could soon embark on its first hover test. SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. SpaceX will be testing their Starhopper test vehicle. Update 25 July 2019: Hover test aborted after 3 seconds. The construction of the initial test article—the "Starship test flight rocket" "test hopper," "Starship Hopper" or "Starhopper" —was begun in early December 2018 and the external frame and skin was complete by … The hover test is similar to the hop tests performed on SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket years ago, when the craft rose up to 840 feet in the air and using a vertical takeoff and vertical landing. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the … SpaceX also SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter that Starhopper’s first untethered hover tests – flying as high as ~20 meters (65 ft) – could be attempted as early as Tuesday, July 16th. During this test, it flew much higher than last month , nearly straight up to 150 meters. On 27 August, SpaceX’s stubby spacecraft made its highest and longest flight yet from the firm’s Texas launchpad. On Tuesday evening, in South Texas, SpaceX launched its Starhopper test vehicle for the second time. Next Tuesday, SpaceX’s Starhopper prototype is set to make its first untethered test flight, powered by a special engine known as the Raptor engine.
Starhopper has hopped.
The craft will reach a maximum height of no more than 20 meters, and this test is the first of many designed to push the limits of the hopper.