This time, Starhopper had to make a free jump. However, during yesterday’s engine start, another fire occurred in the upper part of the prototype. True, this time, it was not so large-scale, as the automation instantly worked, which stopped the operation of the units. As a result, it was decided to postpone the tests, at least for a day.
Fortunately, Starhopper itself did not receive any damage. In turn, company representatives said that such pads are a common thing when it comes to the early stages of system verification.
Recall that during previous tests, the device had to rise to a height of 20 meters and perform side maneuvers. However, during the second launch, an extensive Ignition, which, as it turned out later, was associated with a methane leak.
In the upcoming tests, the ship also has to make a lift and lateral movements. To implement the latter, maneuverable engines were installed on the prototype, presumably those already used on Falcon 9 accelerators.