American Starhopper caught fire during testing

July 17, during static fire tests of the sixth Raptor engine, built by SpaceX for the promising Starship spaceship, another “anomaly” arose. During the second start of the unit, a fire occurred on the launch pad.

The tests consisted of two stages. The first involved the inclusion of an engine installed on a prototype of the future Starship, called Starhopper, to test its performance. The second test was to raise the ship to a height of 20 meters and perform several side maneuvers.

According to information published by, the first part went without any deviations. But during the second launch there was an extensive fire outside the nozzle of the ship. It is likely that the accident occurred due to a malfunction of the fuel system and, as a result, methane leakage. At the same time, the publication suggests that Starhopper did not receive significant damage.

Recall that the Raptor engine, developed by SpaceX Corporation, is today the champion in terms of thrust-weight ratio (T / W 200). The unit is intended for the promising Big Falcon Rocket transport system, where 31 engines will be installed on the reusable first stage (Super Heavy), and 6 engines on the second (Starship). It is assumed that the BFR will be able to put in low Earth orbit up to 150 tons of payload and carry out comfortable transportation of up to 100 people to the moon and Mars. The first Starship and Super Heavy flight is scheduled for 2022.
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  1. v_bueff Offline v_bueff
    v_bueff (Yuri) 18 July 2019 17: 19
    Mowgli becomes a man.
  2. Oleg RB Offline Oleg RB
    Oleg RB (Oleg) 18 July 2019 18: 07
    They are lucky that they do not have Putin-Rogozin. Therefore, they will draw conclusions and fix everything.
    It's a shame that we, immigrants from the USSR, all profiled.
    1. pafegosoff Offline pafegosoff
      pafegosoff (Arkhip Pafegosov) 19 July 2019 16: 12
      You - profiled, that's for sure!
      Fukai away ...
    2. shinobi Offline shinobi
      shinobi (Yuri) 16 August 2019 08: 49
      That's when they fly, then you will gloat.
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 18 July 2019 20: 32
    Yes, even if they all fly to Mars and the Moon, maybe on Earth it will become calmer!
  4. Ygm Offline Ygm
    Ygm (Yuri) 19 July 2019 15: 25
    It’s too early for Americans to carry people.
  5. pafegosoff Offline pafegosoff
    pafegosoff (Arkhip Pafegosov) 19 July 2019 16: 11
    Who would have thought? American motor ...
    Or Musk bought parts again in China?
  6. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 16 August 2019 08: 48
    Well, then they are tests.