Ilon Musk with the third attempt lifted Starhopper into the air

The prototype of the Starship American lunar rocket finally successfully passed its first flight tests. Starhopper, as planned, climbed to a height of 20 meters and, after completing a side maneuver, gently landed on the site.

Recall that the device managed to “take the height” from the third attempt. The first tests of the ship, secured by chains, ended in large-scale fire due to methane leakage. After 10 days, the company made a second attempt at an already free jump, during which again a “minor fire"At the top of the rocket. And finally, the “Starship” concept managed to get rid of the “fire curse” and successfully completed its first short flight.

Immediately after the tests, the head of SpaceX Corporation, Elon Musk, said that the next stage of testing would be carried out within a week or two, in which the prototype of the lunar rocket would rise to a height of 200 meters. The very first launch of a promising ship into orbit is planned for 2021.

It is worth noting that a prototype called Starhopper is a smaller version of Starship. During testing, the device was equipped with only one Raptor engine instead of six, which will receive a "full version". Recent tests made it possible to verify the operation of the unit during the maneuvering process and its throttling, which amounted to no more than 50%.
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  1. Oleg RB Offline Oleg RB
    Oleg RB (Oleg) 26 July 2019 15: 04
    Through hardship to the stars.

  2. kgv51 Offline kgv51
    kgv51 (Gennady) 26 July 2019 22: 05
    Video awesome!
    I watched three times ...
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 26 July 2019 22: 15
    If you suffer for a long time, something will work out.

    And in 1969, without training, they immediately landed on the moon. Really, an exceptional nation?
  4. General Black Offline General Black
    General Black (Gennady) 28 July 2019 10: 08
    The film by G. Danelia "Kin-dza-dza" immediately comes to mind.

  5. Oleg RB Offline Oleg RB
    Oleg RB (Oleg) 8 August 2019 18: 11
    I think that the Merikos will again send their own there. And the head of Roscosmos will still get fat in his face.