Second Try For Starhopper Hover Test Set For Next Week

SpaceX's Starhopper spacecraft burst into flames during a static-fire test on July 16

SpaceX founder Elon Musk reportedly announced in a Time interview that took place on July 12 and was published on July 18, that SpaceX Starship spacecraft could re-transport humans to the surface of the moon within just a few years' time.

Starhopper is created to pave the way for Starship, a 100-passenger vehicle that SpaceX hopes will one day take humans and cargo to destinations far beyond low-Earth orbit. So far, the Starhopper has completed two short hop tests, both of which occurred in April.

The test, which lasted approximately 5 seconds, seemed to be successful, although bright orange flames engulfed the vehicle after its single Raptor engine fired. That next-gen craft, called Starship, aims to carry up to 100 passengers on trips to low-Earth orbit, the moon and even Mars. And on Wednesday morning (July 17), onlookers confirmed that the squat-looking silver prototype appeared unscathed. However, during these tests, the Starhopper was still attached to the ground for safety purposes. This most likely means that the site crews are taking this time to examine the engine and the test vehicle to determine the cause of the fireball.

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He tweeted that a "big advantage of being made of high strength stainless steel" was that the hopper was "not bothered by a little heat!" In addition to that, he also said that in two years the company could reach the moon using a vehicle he has not named and in four years they will even be able to send people to the Red Planet, Mars. However, that could change soon, as SpaceX's future projects are promising.

A fireball erupted from the base of SpaceX's prototype rocket minutes after a key test at the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

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