SpaceX's spaceship `` Starhopper '' turned over from the previous test that became a fireman, successfully flying
Elon Musk, led by space exploration company
SpaceX is developing rockets and spacecraft, including the giant rocket 'Falcon Heavy' . Falcon Heavy is a giant rocket that is a bundle of three Falcon 9 rockets, but SpaceX is also looking into the operation of the super-giant rocket ' BFR ' with a scale far exceeding that of Falcon Heavy. BFR is an aircraft that can be used anywhere like a passenger aircraft to reach anywhere in the world in one hour, and may also be manned to Mars. And the first booster part of BFR is called “Super Heavy”, and the second spaceship part is called “Starship”.
This Starship's small prototype is the “Starhopper”, which was tested this time.
Starhopper to have been first published in January 2019, then, the test is in April and July have been made .
However, in the July test, there was a scene where Starhopper became a fireball. Even if the engine starts, the aircraft does not surface, and the appearance of the flame blowing out from the top of the rocket is released on YouTube. According to SpaceX engineer Kate Tyce, the test of the day was interrupted by an unexpected fire.
SpaceX StarHopper engine test and unexpected fireball (4K Slow Mo)-YouTube
And on August 27, Mr. Musk announced that Starhopper has successfully emerged in a new test.
Congrats SpaceX team !! pic.twitter.com/duckYSK0D4— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 27, 2019
You can check how Starhopper flies 150m above from the following movie.
150 Meter Starhopper Test-YouTube
Starhopper that raises smoke.
However, at the next moment, a flame is injected ...
I jumped into the air without burning.
Starhopper that jumps up gently moves in the air.
State after landing. There is no damage to the aircraft.
Following the success of the test flight, Mr. Musk