SpaceX is preparing to launch Starhopper, which is a prototype of the future Starship spacecraft, which the company is planning to launch for colonizing in Mars. Starhopper conducted a couple of short test hops until now and both of them were conducted in the month of April at the Boca Chica test site range that is located near Brownsville in Texas. However, in case of both the tests, the spacecraft was kept too close to the land, for the sake of its safety.
During the next test, which SpaceX is planning to conduct, the tether will be removed and the Starhopper will lift up freely, more so after it seems that the issue with its next-gen powerful Raptor engine has been finally fixed. This was announced Elon Musk, the founder and the CEO of the company over Tweeter.
The CEO followed this first tweet by another, in which he implied that the SpaceX would conduct the first untethered star-hopping flight, around the next week.
The present avatar of the Starhopper comes up with a solitary Raptor engine. However, in the future, more advanced variety with higher-flying capacity will have in it, three Raptor engines, while the operational version of the starship will have six of these mighty engines.
The starship, with a capacity of 100 passengers will be launched with the help of a massive rocket, which has been named Super Heavy. It will have 31 Raptor engines and will be reusable, just like the Starship.
SpaceX is of the opinion that this fantastic duo. The SpaceX and the Super Heavy will jointly be accomplishing a number of ambitious space missions, more so when it comes to paving the way to set up human settlements in Mars and the moon. The company will eventually decommission the other space vehicles – the Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy Rockets.
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