The prototype of SpaceX, created by SpaceX, known as Starhopper, took off during tests at the Boca Chica test site in Texas (USA). The corresponding video was published on Twitter by the head of the American company Ilon Musk.
The businessman noted that the test was successful.
According to NASASpaceFlight.com, the Starship prototype rose to a height of about 20 meters and then maneuvered several meters to the side. The American publication writes that Musk plans to conduct another test of the aircraft in one to two weeks, involving an ascent to a height of about 200 meters.
The Starhopper tests conducted earlier in July were accompanied by fires: first a fire occurred on the launch pad, then the aircraft caught fire during static fire tests of the Raptor rocket engine.
In November 2018, Musk announced that the second stage of the Falcon 9 heavy rocket was planned to be converted into a smaller version of the BFR (Big Falcon Rocket).
Starship is the second stage of SpaceX's reusable BFR space transport system. The second stage will receive 6 Raptor engines, the first – 31. Raptor is distinguished by the greatest thrust-to-weight ratio (the ratio of the thrust developed by the power unit to its weight) among all rocket engines ever created. In the reusable version, the BFR system is designed to bring up to 150 tons of payload into low Earth orbit and return to Earth up to 50 tons, as well as comfortable transportation of up to 100 people (2-3 in a cabin) to the Moon and Mars. The system should fly in 2022.
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