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05:40  28 august  2019
05:40  28 august  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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SpaceX postponed the launch of its Starhopper test rocket's highest flight yet on Monday (Aug. 26) after a last - second abort. SpaceX ' s Starhopper prototype is seen just after a launch abort at the company's South Texas test site near Boca Chica Village on Aug. 26, 2019.

SpaceX aborted the final launch of its shiny Starhopper rocket ship less than a second before liftoff. Elon Musk says the company will try again Read more: How SpaceX ' s new Starship launch system compares to NASA's towering moon rockets. Starhopper was originally expected to lift off at about 5

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SpaceX was scheduled to launch its scaled-down Starship test vehicle, Starhopper, on Monday evening. Things were looking good right up until the moment the spacecraft was supposed to fire up its engines, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

It wasn’t immediately clear what went wrong, but the fact that the launch was called off after the countdown timer had reached T-0 suggested some kind of malfunction. Shortly after the scrub, SpaceX boss Elon Musk revealed the reason for the last-second abort, and admitted he’s a bit embarrassed that things didn’t work out.

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SpaceX ' s plan to test its prototype spacecraft, nicknamed " Starhopper ," on Monday evening in South Texas was aborted at the last second only to be scrubbed more than 30 minutes later after the countdown clock started again. Starhopper is a small scale test version of Starship, SpaceX ' s

After a full two weeks of FAA permitting delays, SpaceX ' s Starhopper is set for its second and last test flight. To make it even half of the distance from its launch site to the Village, Starhopper would have to remain in controlled flight while radically deviating from its planned trajectory, all while its flight

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In an admittedly vague tweet following the apparent misfire, Musk wrote “Igniters need to be inspected. We will try again tomorrow same time.”

That explanation didn’t satisfy many who were anticipating the launch, and Musk offered some additional details in replies to eager fans. In one tweet, Musk noted that the launch was called off due to what “appears to be a wiring/connector issue.” In another reply asking how something as simple as an ignitor could be wired incorrectly, Musk admitted that the entire thing was “rather embarrassing tbh.”

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SpaceX’s Starhopper launch scrubbed at the last possible second
In any case, the issue would appear to be easy to correct, and Musk seemed confident that things will be in working order for a retry on Tuesday evening at the same time. SpaceX hasn’t tweeted out any new information, but we’ll work under the assumption that the second attempt will take place at around 6:00 p.m. EST.

SpaceX did provide a live stream of the Starhopper launch attempt on Monday night, so we’ll assume the same will be true for the launch attempt this evening. Expect the stream to go live roughly ten minutes before the scheduled launch.

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