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Texas test of SpaceX Starhopper successful

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Sandy Nunez | 30 August, 2019, 11:06

Impressive footage shows SpaceX's Starhopper launching from above the coastline of the USA state in a one-minute test.

Starhopper prototype, slowly rising about 500 feet (152m) off its launch pad in Brownsville, Texas, and then propelled itself about 650 feet (198m) eastward onto an adjacent touchdown platform, achieving a successful low-altitude test of SpaceX's next-generation Raptor engine.

The Starhopper was powered by a single Raptor engine, the same engine SpaceX is developing for the use on its Starship, which is meant to serve as a reusable upper stage atop the company's Super Heavy rocket.

Two other Starship prototypes are still in the works in Texas and Florida.

After about 2 hours of waiting, the rocket prototype's second test was aborted just at the very last moments which was few minutes after 6 P.M, Texas time. It completed its first untethered flight test in July, when it flew for roughly 10 seconds.

"SpaceX's Starship and Super Heavy Rocket are created to deliver satellites to Earth orbit and beyond, at a lower marginal cost per launch than our current Falcon vehicles", the company says on its website. Those following the Starhopper's progress will have noted the difficulty in seeing much of anything in video shared by SpaceX of the night-time flight, but this time around we've been treated to a much clearer view.

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Starhopper is the check auto for SpaceX's final aim of creating a sleeker craft known as the Starship which Musk hopes will ultimately take human passengers on quite a few missions into house. Eventually, SpaceX believes variants of Starship will carry humans to other planets, with the primary target being Mars.

Because of the ferocity of Starhopper's methane-powered Raptor engine, close by residents had been requested to both quickly relocate to a unique space or go outdoors briefly throughout the check to keep away from being inside for an 'overpressure occasion'. The vehicle is a two-stage rocket consisting of the Super Heavy booster and the Starship upper stage.

Maybe a relationship can be found in SpaceX's Grasshopper test program. Previously, SpaceX successfully hovered Starhopper for a third of the new time (about 22 seconds) and flew up to 20 meters (about 65 feet).

SpaceX has now taken in what it could from Starhopper, and it will continue with full-size, suborbital models for Starship that could make practice runs in the not so distant future.

Also hoping for continued success is Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa; the entrepreneur has the Starship-Super Heavy system lined up for a round-the-moon flight set sometime in 2023.