SpaceX Tests the Starship’s Hexagonal Heatshield. Starhopper Tests Could Come as Early as This Week

Universe Today | 3/19/2019 | Staff
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The milestones just keep coming for SpaceX. After the recent successful test flight of the Crew Dragon capsule, another of SpaceX’s ventures is about to meet its own milestone. The SpaceX Starhopper could have its first test flight as soon as this week.

SpaceX hasn’t exactly come right out and announced that they will test fire and test hop the Starhopper, but all the clues are pointing to it. They’ve notified local residents near their still-under-construction launch facility near Brownsville Texas that they’re establishing a “safety zone perimeter” in coordination with law enforcement agencies.

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As with many of SpaceX’s activities, the trail of tweets tells the tale. On March 16th, TJ Cooney tweeted this:

Then on March 17th, Elon Musk told us that the first Starship Hopper tests will be done with only one Raptor engine.

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Musk added to the anticipation when he said that the first Starship Hopper test wouldn’t require a nosecone. The nosecone was destroyed in high winds in January.

Starship Hopper’s first test will be a very short hop, executed while the spacecraft is tethered to the ground.


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