SpaceX Starhopper prototype will take off for its first unbound floating test NEXT WEEK when it tries to rise 20 meters and changes direction before it goes down again
- SpaceX is testing its Starhopper vessel next week with a float test
- The ship floats 20 meters above the ground and 20 meters sideways
- This is the first unbounded test of the vessel aimed at bringing people to Mars
- A test coincides with the 50th anniversary of NASA & # 39; s Apollo 11 mission
SpaceX & # 39; s Starhopper is preparing itself next week for a major test that will allow the ship to float off the ground briefly.
The test was announced on Twitter by the CEO of the aerospace company, Elon Musk, who simply tweeted: & Raptor engine mounted on Starhopper. Seek hover test Tuesday. & # 39;
In contrast to previous tests, the gigantic ship will not be tied to the ground, but will instead attempt to rise 20 meters – and also 20 meters sideways – into the air and then safely nest on the launch pad.
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Musk said SpaceX is aiming for a critical test of its Starhopper vessel next week. It will be the first unbound test of the system
The test is the very first unbounded hover of the spaceship and will launch the ship 20 meters from the ground. The prototype can be seen earlier this year on the Boca Chia site
Two other tests from the company pulled Starhopper just a few centimeters from the launch platform.
According to Musk, the Raptor engineers who lifted the vehicle off the ground are & # 39; dangerously hunted & # 39; when they have fired less than 40 percent, so the missiles are fired at 50 percent power.
It is worth noting that the planned date for the SpaceX test – Tuesday, July 16 – is also the 50th anniversary of NASA & # 39; s Apollo 11 launch that landed humans on the lunar surface for the first time in history.
Starhopper is the test vehicle for SpaceX's ultimate goal to develop a slimmer ship, the Starship, which Musk hopes will eventually take human passengers into space on a number of missions.
Among them, Musk hopes that the Starship, formerly known as BFR, Big Falcon Rocket or the Big F *** ing Rocket, will be at the center of the first manned mission to Mars.
Musk hopes Starhopper will eventually pave the way for a spaceship called Starship (shown above) intended to bring people to Mars.
The first manned Red Planet mission for the rocket and the 100-passenger Starship could come as early as the mid-1920s if development and testing went well, Musk said
Missions can even include tourist trips to the moon in 2024, the CEO said. Completing a successful mission to the moon would mean a step-by-step step in Musk & # 39; s other vision of traveling to Mars.
Given that the upcoming test is successful, Musk says the Starhopper wants to increase its vertical reach by carrying a tethered hover about 20 miles off the ground. According to him, that phase can be tested in the coming months.
SpaceX recently completed one of its most impressive tests to date and launched its Falcon Heavy rocket – a reusable rocket that the company hopes will one day launch and land safely – into space to deliver military satellites.
The ship missed its landing after returning from space, but with the help of a large boat equipped with a net, the company was able to successfully capture one of the two rocket streams in an unprecedented performance.
Most rocket components are lost forever after their launch, either burning, crashing, or falling into the ocean and never being retrieved, making SpaceX's reusable rockets a new approach to space exploration.
WHAT IS & # 39; BFR & # 39; FROM ELON MUSK?
The BFR (Big F *** ing Rocket), now known as Starship, will complete all missions and is smaller than the one that Musk announced in 2016.
The SpaceX CEO said the rocket would make its first trip to the red planet in 2022, with freight only, followed by a manned mission in 2024 and claimed that other SpaceX products would be cannibalized & # 39; to pay for it.
The rocket is partially reusable and able to fly directly from Earth to Mars.
Once built, Musk believes the rocket can be used for traveling on Earth – by saying that passengers can get anywhere in less than an hour.
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