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Tech & ScienceSpaceX is inching closer to launching its Starhopper for the first time

05:15  31 march  2019
05:15  31 march  2019 Source:   bgr.com

EXCLUSIVE: Elon Musk's Starhopper prototype gleams on the launchpad in stunning aerial photos ahead of its first test hop

EXCLUSIVE: Elon Musk's Starhopper prototype gleams on the launchpad in stunning aerial photos ahead of its first test hop SpaceX is gearing up to conduct the first test hops of Elon Musk's Starship prototype rocket at its Boca Chica, Texas facility. In recent days, the test site has been swarming with activity as engineers moved the gleaming spacecraft to the launch pad and installed its sole Raptor engine that packs twice the firing power of SpaceX's older Merlin engines. A new set of aerial images show off SpaceX's progress in preparation for the suborbital hop tests, which were slated to take place earlier this week, but were later postponed following several days of bad weather.

Starhopper ’s path to its first test flight hasn’t all been smooth sailing. The vehicle sustained some rather significant damage in January when strong winds actually caused the spacecraft to break free of its blocks and tumble onto its side. At that point, SpaceX boss Elon Musk suggested it would take “a

At that time , SpaceX manager Elon Musk suggested that it would take a few weeks to repair the damage. Of course, the timeline is different from the other preparations SpaceX engineers must perform before Starhopper can make the green light jump. Still, the spacecraft's first journey is

SpaceX is inching closer to launching its Starhopper for the first time © Provided by Penske Media Corporation bfr

After making big waves earlier this month with the successful launch, docking, and return flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX has been relatively quiet for the rest of March. At least publicly, that is, because behind-the-scenes glimpses of the work being done to the first launch-capable prototype of the SpaceX Starship, nicknamed Starhopper, suggest that its big day is fast approaching.

As Teslarati reports, SpaceX has been spotted working feverishly on the systems that will allow Starhopper to take to the skies. The spacecraft — which is a small-scale version of the larger Starship that SpaceX says will take astronauts to other planets some day — doesn’t yet have an official maiden launch date, but everyone is expecting it to take to the skies soon.

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Elon Musk indicates that the SpaceX Starhopper has been damaged after being toppled in 50 mile-per-hour winds. A huge benefit is the new design should massively reduce the development time for the new rocket. It will be very interesting to see if SpaceX and Elon Musk are proven to be right again

That ’s not to say NASA doesn’t have its own problems to deal with, such as Boeing’s seeming inability to deliver on promises it made over a decade ago with the Space Launch System or, more recently, the Starliner spacecraft. SpaceX is inching closer to launching its Starhopper for the first time .

Like any early test flight, the launch of Starhopper will help SpaceX iron out any issues that might be present with the spacecraft’s design and launch system hardware. Its “hop” tests won’t send the vehicle all the way into space, but will be a big step towards an eventual full-scale test launch of the Starship hardware.

Locals who have been checking in on the SpaceX launch facility, where Starhopper is being worked on by SpaceX crew, have spotted a flurry of activity as of late, including what appears to be an early preburner test:

Starhopper’s path to its first test flight hasn’t all been smooth sailing. The vehicle sustained some rather significant damage in January when strong winds actually caused the spacecraft to break free of its blocks and tumble onto its side. At that point, SpaceX boss Elon Musk suggested it would take “a few weeks” to repair the damage.

SpaceX just fired up the engine on its test Starship vehicle for the first time

SpaceX just fired up the engine on its test Starship vehicle for the first time Though it didn’t last very long

SpaceX has officially begun static ground testing of Starhopper , a full-scale pathfinder Starship prototype meant to support an early series of In no conceivable world would SpaceX or local law enforcement willingly allow for Starhopper to be loaded – for the first time ever – with even a partial

This year, SpaceX will test out a miniaturized version of its super-heavy launch vehicle, which is known as the Starship (aka. the Big Falcon Rocket). This test launch will validate the design of the rocket and how it fairs at supersonic speeds and deals with the cryogenic environment of space .

That timeline is, of course, separate from the other preparations SpaceX engineers have to perform before Starhopper can be given the green light to hop. Nevertheless, the spacecraft’s first trip skyward likely isn’t far away.

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