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posted by takyon on Monday August 26 2019, @10:58PM   Printer-friendly
from the live-it-was-but-not-now dept.

[Update 20190827_002701 UTC: According to Elon Musk on Twitter:

Igniters need to be inspected. We will try again tomorrow same time.

In another tweet he explained:

Raptor uses dual redundant torch igniters. Better long-term, but more finicky in development.

See also: updated stories at Ars Technica and CNET.

Original story follows. --martyb]

Starhopper test live at

See also: SpaceX's Starhopper cleared by FAA for second and final flight test as locals urged to exit homes
LIVESTREAM: SpaceX Starhopper 150 meter test flight in Boca Chica, TX

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How SpaceX plans to move Starship from Cocoa site to Kennedy Space Center

Starship will enter Kennedy Space Center by water next to the Vehicle Assembly Building and Launchpad 39A, according to a recently-released NASA environmental impact report.

That so-called "turn basin" is where other large rocket components have arrived at KSC by barge, including the Space Shuttle's external fuel tanks that were built in Louisiana. At 180 feet in height, Starship will be slightly taller and wider than the shuttle's orange fuel tanks.

SpaceX has not disclosed what type of flight tests the Starship prototype will undergo once it arrives at Kennedy Space Center.

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SpaceX's Starhopper Completes 150 Meter Test Hop 6 comments

SpaceX's Starhopper has successfully completed a 150-meter test hop. Due to two orbital prototypes of Starship already nearing completion, Starhopper will not fly again, and will instead be converted into a vertical test stand for Raptor engine static fire tests:

SpaceX's Starhopper test vehicle – after finally gaining the required Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) permit for its highest hop yet – successfully carried out its test on Tuesday. The approval was required to pave the way for the 150 meter jump out of Boca Chica, Texas. Monday's attempt was scrubbed at T-0 due to an issue relating to the ignitor system on the SN6 Raptor, moving the next attempt to Tuesday which was successful.

[...] Currently, SpaceX has two full-scale prototypes nearing completion which are designated Starship Mk 1 and Starship Mk 2 respectively. The Mk 1 prototype is being built at the Boca Chica launch site while Mk 2 is being constructed in Cocoa, Florida.

Construction of both prototypes is progressing well, with the primary structures of the two vehicles nearing completion.

According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the two major sections of the vehicles (fairing and tanks) will soon be stacked together. From there, technicians will install the control fins, Raptor engines, and landing gear.

A presentation revealing new details about Starship has been tentatively rescheduled for mid-September.

Also at Ars Technica and Teslarati.

A video of the flight is available on YouTube.

Previously: SpaceX Launches CRS-18 Using Twice-Flown Booster, Starhopper Finally Flies
SpaceX 'Starhopper' Highest-Ever Test Flight Early Next Week
SpaceX's Starhopper 150-Meter Test... Scrubbed for Monday; Try Again Tuesday at Same Time [Updated]

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  • (Score: 0, Disagree) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 26 2019, @11:08PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 26 2019, @11:08PM (#885847)

    He should run for President... of the world.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by takyon on Monday August 26 2019, @11:17PM (3 children)

      by takyon (881) <> on Monday August 26 2019, @11:17PM (#885850) Journal

      Yeah, the world known as Mars.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 26 2019, @11:32PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 26 2019, @11:32PM (#885855)

        I expect the next Mars mission to be building a Supercharger station.

        His car is already there, with 'Starman' looking for a parking spot.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 27 2019, @12:13AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 27 2019, @12:13AM (#885865)

          The starman tesla missed the Mars insertion orbit and has a 33% chance of slamming into Earth in ~100 years.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 27 2019, @04:50AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 27 2019, @04:50AM (#885948)

            And 67% chance of burning up in orbit when its battery pack catches fire.

  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday August 27 2019, @04:17AM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday August 27 2019, @04:17AM (#885938) Journal

    "Breaking news" and a 2 hours video clip in which the only moving thing there is the cooling water pumped on the launch pad.

    Did the "breaking news" shift its meaning to "news about a breakage"?