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SpaceX Tests Starhopper Rocket Prototype

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SpaceX Tests Starhopper Rocket Prototype

Jeff Brody

SpaceX has conducted a test flight of its single-engine Starhopper, a prototype of the company“™s future six-engine Starship passenger spacecraft, CNET reported Tuesday.

The demonstration took place at SpaceX facility near Brownsville, Texas, and saw Starhopper climb more than 490 feet in under a minute before descending for a controlled landing. Some observers noticed that the prototype appeared to lose some parts during the test, which was rescheduled to Tuesday after an issue with the igniters prevented the prototype“™s Monday launch.

Starhopper is modeled after Starship, a passenger space vehicle that will be equipped with a Super Heavy rocket and six to seven engines. Starship is intended for Earth-Moon commercial flights and Mars colonization, and is currently under development.

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