It looks like the Elon Musk Starship prototype, called "Starhopper", may make its highest jump as early as Monday.
Musk later tweeted that the Federal Aviation Administration requires a little more "hazard analysis" and Starhopper "should be clear that it will fly soon."to test the single-engine version of its eventual Mars vehicle with its second short flight last week, but the launch was abruptly canceled.
The FAA now announces a new airspace closure for the area around the SpaceX test facility in Boca Chica, Texas, early Monday afternoon and through Wednesday evening. However, the agency has not yet issued an updated permit to give Starhopper the green light to fly to new heights: it is currently allowed to fly no higher than 25 meters above the ground (82 feet).
If a new permit was issued, we could finally see Starhopper doing some serious maneuvers. The last test hopwas a short, 20-foot (66-foot) night, height, flight and landing that was mostly obscured by the sight of fire, smoke, and darkness.
This time, the hope is that Starhopper will reach an altitude of about 650 feet (198 meters) before returning to earth.
If this next hop is successful, Musk said, he will follow it with a public presentation, "hopefully mid-September," updating our design and vision for Starship.