SpaceX aims to test prototype for Mars rocket ship this week

SpaceX Starship could be launched on its first Test Hop this week Musk says

SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to launch his new shiny, stainless steel rocket called Starship from Florida's Space Coast.

In a statement to the Brownsville Herald, SpaceX spokesman James Gleeson said "SpaceX will conduct checkouts of the newly installed ground systems and perform a short static fire test in the days ahead".

In a video released via his somewhat infamous Twitter account, Elon Musk has shown a "thorough" testing being undertaken on the heat shield used for the rockets. On the other hand, given just how shoestring the budget of this beast likely is and how rapidly SpaceX managed to go from an empty dirt lot to a hop-test-ready, 30ft/9m-diameter Starship prototype, it's equally likely that the company - particularly CEO Elon Musk - will accept the increased risk of catastrophic vehicle failures to keep the development program as agile as possible. A series of high-power burners emit hot flame jets that hit the middle of the tiles.

Musk explained that the hottest parts of the heatshield reached a maximum temperature of around 1,375 degrees Celsius. 1,375 degrees Celsius). He suggested this could withstand the extreme temperatures associated with returning to Earth, but it is slightly lower than the temperatures NASA's Space Shuttles were built to withstand (approx. Musk defined the heat test's success in terms of the vessel's ability to endure re-entry conditions and then turn around and take off again without the need for any kind of Space Shuttle-like overhaul.

More news: Apple’s official iPhone and iPad cases now come in new colors

For a vehicle as utterly new and alien as Starhopper is to both SpaceX and the aerospace industry as a whole, it's safe to say that that tendency towards caution will be readily on display throughout these first several tests, at least until the company's operations technicians and engineers are considerably more familiar with the prototype rocket's behavior.

Pictures of the Raptor engine appeared on a popular platform during the weekend.

In later tests, the "Starhopper" with its three engines will take farther hops.

The future SpaceX vehicle comes in two parts: Super Heavy, a massive booster outfitted with 31 Raptor engines that will lift Starship, a 180-foot-tall spacecraft that can transport humans and cargo beyond low-Earth orbit. The first full test flight is targeted for no earlier than 2020.

Related News:

Most liked

UK Employment Hits Record High
This was the largest increase in the number of employed women since the period February-to-April 2014. In contrast, the current average unemployment rate in the European Union is 6.5%.

Facebook to overhaul 'discriminatory' ad targeting
This settlement takes away digital tools that advertisers can use to deny equal opportunity. Facebook promised to make changes following that report .

No trophy, no regrets as Federer departs Indian Wells for Miami
I was in the points, he said. (I) just came up against somebody who was on the day a bit better when it really mattered. But he rallied for a third career win over Federer in five meetings, his first over the Swiss on hard courts.

DOE and Intel to deliver first exascale supercomputer
Over 100 artificial intelligence applications are in development across the national laboratories alone, Stevens told reporters. A new supercomputer dubbed Aurora , and expected to become the fastest in the United States of America , is in the works.

Cardi B to make film debut as stripper opposite Jennifer Lopez
Lopez is set to play the ringleader of the group of ambitious women who take their plans of getting their full cut too far. Mette Towley and Transparent's Trace Lysette are also in negotiations to join the cast.

Prince Harry, Meghan pay respects for New Zealand shooting victims
This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community. She has told well-wishers that she is due in April.

‘PM Narendra Modi’ trailer is more about Modi the CM
Other important characters played by Boman Irani (Ratan Tata) and Manoj Joshi (Amit Shah) have a blink-and-miss appearance. The trailer of Oberoi's upcoming film "PM Narendra Modi " has been unveiled and it promises to be an intriguing journey.

ISIS will be eliminated tonight, Trump boasts
The siege has also been slowed by the unexpectedly large number of civilians in Baghuz, a lot of them families of IS members. SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali posted on Twitter: "This is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight".

Netanyahu says Iran has 'sensitive information' on rival, Tehran denies hack
Blue and White officials said at the time that they would not rule out a coalition with Likud, but not if Netanyahu remained party leader.

Europe's centre-right party votes to suspend Hungarian nationalists from parliament
These decisions should be reversed, it said, adding that Fidesz did not have a place within the EPP family. A membership "freeze" would be an option, the leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) said.

Bus driver abducts schoolchildren, sets vehicle ablaze in Italy
The driver of a school bus has been arrested in Milan after allegedly setting the vehicle on fire with 51 children onboard. Human rights groups said deaths might have increased with hardly any boats now searching for the would-be refugees.

Activision announces Call of Duty
These include numerous modes in the original Call of Duty games for consoles and PC such as Search and Destroy and Free-For-All. Keep in mind that if you're looking for a single-player shooting experience, Call of Duty: Mobile won't satisfy your needs.

Facebook Face Global Crackdown Over Christchurch
John Berry, chief executive of Pathfinder Asset Management, said his Global Responsibility Fund had never held Facebook shares. To report live video, a user must know to click on a small set of three gray dots on the right side of the post.

Morata on Manchester City links to Saul
Transfer speculation began to circulate on Wednesday suggesting City have moved ahead of Barcelona in the chase for Saul. Manchester City are close to agreeing a deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez , according to a report.

Nintendo Announces Cadence of Hyrule, a Surprise Zelda Game
In the wake of the success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, fans were left wondering what could possibly come next. The new game is from Brace Yourself Games and is a crossover with the iconic Crypt of the NecroDancer .