SpaceX Starship prototype nosecone topples in high Texas winds

Image tweeted by SpaceX's Elon Musk of components that will be used to prepare the new Starship vehicle for flight

Image tweeted by SpaceX's Elon Musk of components that will be used to prepare the new Starship vehicle for flight

Locals who live near the site reported on Wednesday morning that the vehicle, known as the "test hopper", was blown over by powerful gusts of wind.

Fortunately for SpaceX, the damage caused by the winds appears to have been confined to the fairing portion, which is like a large nosecone dominates the top of the spacecraft.

Speaking on Twitter about the incident, Mr Musk said that fix work could take "a few weeks". The Starship Hopper will eventually perform suborbital vertical take-off and landing tests similar to how the company tested a Falcon 9 rocket called the Grasshopper in 2012.

"Starship" test rocket suffered a serious setback when it was knocked over by strong winds in Texas.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk confirmed the damage on Twitter, writing that 50 miles per hour winds broke the mooring blocks and the fairing was blown over.

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As Popular Mechanics noted, the hypothetical finished craft will "sport a much sturdier skin needed to withstand the journey out of Earth's atmosphere"-though Musk has taken the unusual step of building it out of a double-walled stainless steel alloy shell he told the magazine will not buckle, will withstand extreme temperatures, and use water or fuel as the "first-ever regenerative heat shield".

Chris Bergin, the managing editor of NASASpaceFlight.com, posted an image on Twitter of the damage. Musk had tweeted on January 5 that the Starship's test flight will take place in four weeks time.

SpaceX's shiny new rocket got blown over in Texas. Footage from the SpaceX facility shows part of the rocket on its side and heavily damaged. Instead, the somewhat crude and windowless ship will rocket on "hops" that go no more than about five kilometres in the air, according to UJS Federal Communications Commission documents.

SpaceX's Starship might not be ready to carry passengers for a while, but that hasn't stopped the company and its enigmatic CEO from generating plenty of hype.

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