Elon Musk: SpaceX Starship aims for crucial hover test July 16

CNET | 7/12/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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The SpaceX Starship "hopper" prototype has a big test set for Tuesday.

Ever since SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled the bright and shiny Starship prototype, space fans have been aching for it to take off in a blaze of glory. We're almost there. The current Starship prototype, a "hopper" vehicle built for short test flights, is ready for hovering.

Musk - Twitter - Thursday - Share - Schedule

Musk took to Twitter late Thursday to share the schedule. "Raptor engine mounted on Starhopper. Aiming for hover test Tuesday," he tweeted using the nickname for the Starship "hopper" prototype. Tuesday also happens to mark the 50th anniversary of NASA's launch of the Apollo 11, which carried humans to the surface of the moon in 1969.

Raptor engine mounted on Starhopper. Aiming for hover test Tues.

Hopper - Development - SpaceX - Facility - Boca

The hopper is under development at a SpaceX facility in Boca Chica Village, Texas. A previous test in April involved Starship trying out a tiny liftoff with a single Raptor engine providing the power.

This time, Starhopper will aim to reach over 65 feet (20 meters) off the ground and move a little sideways, Musk tweeted. SpaceX is expected to livestream the event.

Hover - Test - SpaceX - Path - Goal

If the hover test is successful, it will put SpaceX on the path to a much more ambitious goal of reaching 12 miles (20 kilometers) within a few months.

Musk must be feeling confident about the testing. He already announced plans for a presentation about the Starship in late July after the hover test,...
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