SpaceX flies Starship prototype rocket Starhopper for the first time


SpaceX flies Starship prototype rocket Starhopper for the first time

SpaceX’s prototype rocket “Starhopper” flies for the first time on a short flight, which saw the rocket launch and land.

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SpaceX on Thursday launched and landed its “Starhopper” rocket in its first flight, a short test that saw the company take a notable step forward in its development of a next-generation rocket.

The rocket is the prototype for SpaceX’s vehicle called “Starship.” The company is building the enormous rocket to achieve its goal of transporting up to 100 people in space to destinations including the moon and Mars.

“Starhopper flight successful,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet.

Musk posted a video SpaceX took of the flight test from a flying drone nearby. The flight took place at SpaceX’s facility in  Boca Chica Beach, Texas.

The rocket visibly lifted off the ground for the first time after months testing. SpaceX attempted the flight the night before but stopped just a few seconds after the engine fired. Although official data from Thursday’s test flight has not yet been made available, SpaceX said previously that it was intending to fly Starhopper about 65 feet in the air.

‘Starhopper’ back on the launchpad after the first flight

SpaceX’s prototype rocket “Starhopper” stands on its launchpad after completing its first flight.

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