The prototype of SpaceX, created by StarsX, known as Starhopper, took off during tests at the Boca Chica test site in Texas (USA) and then maneuvered to the side. The corresponding video was published on Twitter by the head of the American company Ilon Musk.
In total, during the tests lasting 57 seconds, Starhopper climbed to a height of about 150 meters, then deviated to the side by a distance of about 100 meters, after which it began to gradually lower.
On July 25, the Starship prototype first rose to a height of about 20 meters, after which it maneuvered several meters to the side. Earlier that month, Starhopper trials 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. Six Raptor engines will receive the second stage, the first – 31. Methane and oxygen-powered Raptor distinguishes 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.
Starhopper received one Raptor rocket engine. SpaceX is currently working on two more Starship prototypes (Mk 1 and Mk 2), each of which will be equipped with three Raptor. These samples are planned to be tested at sites in Texas and Florida (USA), and the teams of engineers working on them, according to Mask, will compete with each other.
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