SpaceX Starhopper starship prototype ACES first test - ‘All systems green’

Mindy Sparks
April 6, 2019

In January, Musk revealed the first photo of the Starship prototype, which looked like a retro-inspired spaceship and a shiny silver bullet.

Starhopper was built at SpaceX's Boca Chica launch facility, near Brownsville, Texas, and the company's fans have been watching avidly from afar as ground crews installed the first Raptor engine and tested out the propulsion system's plumbing.

Starhopper is one of the engines that will hopefully help propel SpaceX's new 100-person spacecraft, called Starship to the Moon and beyond.

The video featured above was captured at a distance of six miles by Spadre.com, surf company close to the SpaceX testing facility. The test likely used one engine and didn't get very high, based on earlier comments by Musk. "Starhopper completed tethered hop", Musk wrote in an update. As Musk tweeted last month, one engine allows for short hops, while three are required for suborbital flights.

And he added in another post: "First hops will lift off, but only barely".


While details of the Starhopper test are scarce, anticipation has been high in recent weeks as SpaceX outfitted the prototype with three of the company's new Raptor methane-liquid oxygen engines.

Musk confirmed the successful test on Twitter with a brief post.

The roughly 60-foot-tall stainless-steel rocket ship, called the "Starhopper" (previously the "Test Hopper"), is a basic prototype of a much larger vehicle called Starship.

SpaceX's Starship hopper originally had a nose, which is now not on the prototype.

Starship is the spacecraft SpaceX wants to use for a variety of purposes, from colonising Mars to conduct internal trips around the Earth.

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