It was the first time the experimental craft, nicknamed "Starhopper," flew free without being tethered to the ground
SpaceX's goal was to lift the spacecraft about 65 feet into the air before gently landing it nearby – what's SpaceX called and "hop test." It's not clear exactly how high the craft flew. Footage captured by reporters present at the South Texas launch site show fire and smoke erupting from Starhopper's massive Raptor rocket engine, obscuring the vehicle from view.
The SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the flight was a success
"Water towers can * fly," he joked in a tweet, referring to Starhopper's likeness to a cylindrical water tank.
Starhopper is designed to be a precursor to a deep-space exploration rocket called Starship, and
The latest design for Starship, which was previously referred to as BFR, shows it riding into orbit atop the most powerful rocket booster ever built.
"Congrats !!! Moon is right there!" he wrote.