Company SpaceX is hard at work on the development of advanced spacecraft Starship that will be used for the colonization of Mars, and a quick flight within the earth’s atmosphere. A prototype vehicle called Starhopper, and its Assembly is conducted within a private launch company in the Chicago village of Boca Chica. As it turned out, to speed up the process of development and testing, Elon Musk decided to launch the Assembly and the second prototype produced in the plant in Florida.
A photograph of constructed prototype shared one of the users of the forum NASASpaceflight. The accuracy of the information subsequently confirmed by himself Elon Musk, in response to the user’s message on Twitter. In essence, the Starhopper is a prototype test stand for testing engines Raptor is one of the first tests took place in April, the video can be viewed in our material.
It is believed that the parallel development in two places at once much closer the day when the rocket will be ready for the first flight. Of course, it will cost a lot of money, but in the end, the project can quickly pay off. The advantages of the Starship ship a lot — for example, he will be able to deliver to orbit hundreds of Internet satellites Starlink, but not for 60 Grand, as it is now.
The East Coast Starship being built in Florida.
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— Chris B — NSF (@NASASpaceflight) on 14 may 2019.
Prototype Starhopper, located in Texas, made of huge steel plates with a diameter of about 9 meters. To ensure good aerodynamics, the company has also equipped it with a fairing with a height of 39 meters. It is noteworthy that in January the upper part of the cone fell off the ship due to wind and damage, and then it took her a thorough repair.
It is possible that the first orbital flight of the spacecraft Starship will take place at the end of 2020. So, at least, said Elon Musk — he was sure of it by 60%, as mentioned in his Twitter.