SpaceX Successfully Tested Starhopper Last Week
Starhopper: Here Is What You Need To Know
Last week, SpaceX launched the final test of Starhopper an event watched by millions of people. The Starhopper is a prototype of SpaceX’s Starship that will take up to 100 in one go to deep space destinations like the Moon or Mars.
SpaceX is building on the reusability of its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets though the new interplanetary system will have major differences.
The Starship and the Super Heavy rockets will use the Raptor Engines while the current rockets still use the Merlin engines.
The Super Heavy and Starship, according to Elon Musk, will have the ability to fly up to 1,000 times whereas the current rockets are retired after flying a few times
The Raptor engines that the Starship and the Super Heavy will be fueled by methane with a possibility of extracting methane from Mars or any other body for use
The success of the Starhopper test makes it possible for SpaceX to test two more prototypes being built by its two teams in Florida and Texas. The two vehicles are called MK1 and MK2.
Musk said on Twitter that both sites will build many Starships and it represents healthy competition between the two teams. Musk also added that the answer might be both to which location is the most effective.
SpaceX expects the first commercial Starship flights to begin in 2021 and the company has one confirmed Starship mission in 2023 where a group of artists will take a trip around the moon.
The company is planning a 20km flight of MK1 in October followed by an orbital test