SpaceX breaks Starhopper spacecraft prototype, ‘hop’ test, in dramatic video

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Raw video: Starhopper was a prototype for the Future program, which SpaceX wants to take humans and cargo to the Moon and Mars.

A dramatic video shows the moment the SpaceX aborted its attempt to “hop in” his ” Starhopper spacecraft is the prototype of the 65 feet in the air.

The test, which was conducted on Wednesday, aiming to “hop” the craft is difficult to lift. However, if you Stargopper the engine is on fire, and it was not lifted from the ground, at SpaceX’s test facility in Boca Chica, Texas. In its place, a burst of flame shot skywards, and there was smoke surrounding the rocket.

“It’s as if we had broken down in today’s test, as can be seen, the vehicle does not have an elevator today,” according to a SpaceX official, during a live stream of the test. “This is a program for the development, which are currently in a test program, which is designed to test the limits of the vehicle,” the commenter added.

A HUGE MOON ROCKS, GETTING READY TO GO ON THE SHOW reports of the missile, the Raptor engine was ignited for about three seconds.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the test was aborted as a result of the high pressure in the combustion chamber due to a colder-than-expected rocket fuel.

Starhopper is a prototype of SpaceX’s Future, which will be used for Earth orbit missions, as well as traveling to the Moon and Mars. Wednesday’s test would not have been the first free-flight for a Starhopper, according to the that is, noting that the company has completed two of the tied test is to hop in the month of April.


Earlier this month, the Starhopper was engulfed in flames during a static fire test. “The great advantage of being made from tough stainless steel does not suffer from a little bit of heat!!!,” tweeted Musk after the static fire test. “After the inspection, a fuel leak, but no major damage,” he added.


July 20 marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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