After making big waves earlier this month with the successful launch, docking and returning of its spacecraft to Crew Dragon crew, SpaceX is relatively quiet for the rest of March. At least in public, that is, because the behind-the-scenes glimpses of the work done with the first-ever prototype spacecraft SpaceX, called Starhopper, suggest that his big day is approaching fast.
Slasarati reports that SpaceX has been frankly noticed working on the systems that will allow Starhopper to come up in the sky. The spacecraft – a small version of the larger star ship that SpaceX says will take the astronauts to other planets someday – is not yet officially set to start, but everyone is expecting to come out of the sky soon. 1
Locals who signed up in SpaceX's StarXpert, where Starhopper is being worked by the SpaceX crew, have noticed recent turbulent activity, including what appears to be an early predictive test:
The road to your first test flight is not smooth. The car suffered considerable damage in January, when the strong winds actually made the spacecraft free from its blocks and overturn. At this point, the SpaceX boss, Elon Musk, suggested taking several weeks to repair the damage.
This timeline, of course, is separated from the other preparations that SpaceX engineers must perform before Starhopper can get a green light. Nevertheless, the first spacecraft trip to the sky is probably not far away.