SPACEX has successfully completed a second ‘hop’ test for its Starship rocket prototype. The spacecraft was propelled 500 feet (152 metres) into the air on Thursday before successfully landing again. SpaceX tweeted a video of the Starship blasting into the air under a “Raptor” engine before it descended gently back to Earth. SpaceX, owned by billionaire Tesla boss Elon Musk, has said it wants to use Starship to take astronauts to the Moon, Mars and beyond. The CEO retweeted the video and said: “Turns out you can make anything fly haha.” Musk, 49, previously said on Twitter that he hopes to send a million people to Mars in his lifetime using a 1,000-strong fleet of the powerful rockets. Starship’s production complex is based near the small town of Boca Chica, Texas, and that’s where the test took place. The finished product will stand 290ft (120 metres) tall and boast three of the powerful Raptor engines tested on Thursday. The prototype craft, dubbed SN6, is effectively a giant fuel tank with a single engine strapped to the bottom. Turns out you can make anything fly haha https://t.co/FJdHqRdVDb — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2020 The first test flight of the Starship… Read full this story
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