Elon Musk's Starhopper will next jump to 16,400 feet

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Elon Musk's Starhopper rocket will attempt to reach a height of 16,400 ft (5km) for its next test flight.

The third SpaceX test will push the 'hopper' beyond its previous record after the April launch saw a mini prototype briefly lift off from its launchpad.

Raptor - Rocket - Engine - Floor - Take-off

It was propelled by a methane-powered Raptor rocket engine but was tethered to the floor to prevent unwanted take-off.

The distance in the upcoming launch, according to documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suggests the next launch may not be restricted.

Images - January - Craft - Comparisons - Spacecrafts

Images were first revealed in January of the craft, which instantly drew comparisons to retro-styled spacecrafts from sci-fi films of yesteryear.

Twitter users pointed out the similarities of Musk's creation with the contraption Tintin used in the 1954 adventure 'Explorers on the Moon'.

Others - Design - Fins - Spaceships - Films

Others said the sleek design and prominent fins closely resemble spaceships depicted in 1950s/60s films, Wallace and Gromit and even Toy Story.

A form discovered by The Verge was signed by a SpaceX coordinator and details the application for what looks like another launch for the prototype rocket.

Form - Week - Goal - Height - Mission

According to the form, which was submitted this week, the goal height of the mission is stated as 'Max altitude 16,400 ft' (5,000m).

'The vehicle will fly vertically from the ground to under 500 meters for...
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