Second Try For Starhopper Hover Test Set For Next Week

Video shows SpaceX Starhopper engulfed in fireball during test

Video shows SpaceX Starhopper engulfed in fireball during test

To that end, the California-based aerospace company conducted a static-fire test of Starhopper, a prototype of its Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle, late Tuesday (July 16) in South Texas ahead of a planned test flight of the craft. The flame was immediately extinguished, yet the incident may postpone the first big trip of the vehicle.

The "Starhopper", as SpaceX has been calling it, is a much smaller-scale version of the Starship craft the corporate has in improvement, meant to check them out in a live-fire environment and even carry out short flights called hops - therefore the title.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk reportedly announced in a Time interview that took place on July 12 and was published on July 18, that SpaceX Starship spacecraft could re-transport humans to the surface of the moon within just a few years' time.

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The fire broke out after 5 seconds after the start of the test, during the launch of one of the engines, writes the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to NV.

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Starhopper created to test technologies for a Starship, the vehicles 100 passengers. In any case, only minutes after an apparently successful ignition, the rocket lit up again in a fireball and had to be doused. That indicates testing is no longer scheduled for the rest of the week.

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