Finally there was the long-awaited major leap of Starhopper, an early prototype Starship that will take people to the Moon and Mars. Overgrown R2-D2 beautifully started and settled on the test bench.
The test was a great success, but all fans of the company and the space industry had to wait for it a bit because the start was postponed several times. It finally happened yesterday (27.08) late evening Polish time. During an experimental flight, Starhopper rose about 150 meters above the surface of the SpaceX test facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
Elon Musk announced that the first demonstration flight of the actual Starship prototype will take place soon. It is currently being assembled at a facility in Texas and Florida. Meanwhile, Starhopper will be modified and become a test stand for the powerful Raptor engines.
The early prototype called Starhopper is equipped with one Raptor engine, but the next, large version of the prototype should result in increasing their number to 3 pieces techboss. Although the engines are powerful, 3 will not allow flight into Earth’s orbit. Ultimately, there will be 7 of them. Then the ship will easily go into space, far beyond the conventional limit of 100 kilometers above the surface of our planet. However, for flights to the Moon or Mars you will need a SuperHeavy rocket, which will be equipped with 31 Raptor engines.
Elon Musk also announced a conference at which he will reveal new details about the company’s plans for testing the prototype of the ship and already those related to the finished vehicle and the SuperHeavy rocket. Apparently the conference will also concern the planned flight around the moon and landing on it. We can also count on new information about the first mission to Mars and plans to build a colony there.