Update: SpaceX's plan to test its Starhopper spacecraft was interrupted at the last moment on Monday. Initially, the test was scheduled for 18:00, but then it was pushed back to 7:00. It was interrupted in less than a second by the countdown clock.
On Twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that lighters should be checked out and they will retry on Tuesday. After the aborted test flight, SpaceX said of its life: "Standing today. The earliest next attempt is tomorrow, Tuesday, August 27th. ”
The SpaceX Starhopper, a prototype of a Mars-bound spacecraft, is expected to launch its last Boca Chica, Texas, today and you can watch the Hop event live online.
According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Starhopper is scheduled to launch between 5 pm CDT and 5:15 pm CDT (6:00 EDT to 6:15 PM EDT). If the test goes well, Starhopper will travel about 492 feet in the air, Popular Mechanics reports. Astronaut's daily YouTube channel is live during launch and launch coverage approximately two hours before take-off time.
Last week, SpaceX postponed Starhopper's flight test because the company still needed approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). On August 24, Musk tweeted an update on Starhopper's big "hop" and said the test could be conducted immediately today.
Good conversation with the head of FAA Space. You need a little more analysis of the danger and it must be clear to fly soon.
– Ilon Musk (@elonmusk) August 15, 2019
It seems that @SpaceX Starhopper's flight may be as soon as possible Monday. FAA support is very much appreciated!
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 24, 2019
Flight of Starhopper, which is currently tracking up to 5 pm Texas test time of 150 m / ~ 500 feet for hover
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 26, 2019
Prior to the planned test, Kaurren Kaurn has announced that Boca Chica Beach and State Highway 4 will be temporarily closed from 2pm CDT to 12pm CDT (3pm EST to 1 a.m. EST) on Aug. 26, Aug. 27, and Aug. 28.
Drone cam pic.twitter.com/gVdMrMgUZq
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 26, 2019
StarXopper at SpaceX takes its first unbound hop test in Boca Chica, Texas, on July 25th. For the test, Starhopper started its only Raptor engine and completed a straight jump 65 feet up and down. Prior to this big test, Starhopper completed two short hops in April.
I just left the Starship Texas construction site. Very proud of the progress made by the SpaceX team! The photos have a 9m dome and star frame behind the wind. pic.twitter.com/1cmOzkPlkn
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2019
The space flight company is also working on two orbital prototypes of Starship, Mk1 and Mk2, which
The Starship and Super Heavy SpaceX rockets could be ready to go into space as early as 2021, if all tests are completed within the next two years.
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