Image of the Month: SpaceX Starhopper makes a more substantial hop

by | Aug 28, 2019 | SpaceX, Technology

While it has made a brief vertical up-and-down hop before, the SpaceX Starhopper made a proper lift-off, traverse, and vertical landing on 27 August. This was the day after an ignition failure of the LOx (Liquid Oxygen)/Methane Raptor engine on 26 August prevented an attempt at the Brownsville launch site in Texas.  The height achieved was circa 150 m and represents a key step in the development of the Starlifter reusable spacecraft/upper stage design.

Starhopper flight to 150m altitude followed by safe landing. Courtesy: SpaceX via Space News

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