Spaceflight company SpaceX test-fired the engines of its prototype Starship vehicle on Wednesday at its test facility in Boca Chica, in the USA state of Texas, the Verge reported, in a "static fire" configuration that saw the spacecraft tethered to the ground. "It is the orbital Starship vehicle what you see is being built", tweeted Musk (source).
The SpaceX founder wrote: "Starhopper completed tethered hop". The Starship is SpaceX's enormous passenger spacecraft that the private American aerospace manufacturer is building to send people to Mars and the Moon.
There aren't many details on the Starhopper test, however, SpaceX engineers and technicians have been conducting various tests on the Starship prototype, analyzing the cryogenic properties of the fuel tanks, loading liquid oxygen and liquid methane fuels onto the vehicle, and removing the propellant, Ars Technica noted.
(Web Desk) - Space X tested their new spacecraft "Starship Hopper" prototype today at the Texas launch site which lasted less than a minute.
In February 2019, Raptor's full-scale version was sacked up for the first time. The tests entail firing up the engines attached to the bottom of the vehicle, The Verge reported. However, Musk has revealed that higher altitude testing will require the installation of two additional raptor engines.
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Musk's declaration that Starhopper hit the end of its tether indicates the second hop was likely higher than the first.
There have been several delays in testing the Starship including one event in which the ship was knocked over by heavy winds and required repairs.
Starhopper was also tethered, or connected to ground equipment, for the duration of the test. In its now planned configuration, the Super Heavy would use its 31 Raptor engines to send the refuelable Starship on transcontinental point-to-point trips between earthly spaceports, on orbital missions to deploy bunches of satellites, and on journeys beyond Earth orbit.
Neither Musk nor SpaceX have disclosed specific schedules for upcoming test flights.