If the rocket Starship of SpaceX must allow to explore the deep space, it can also in principle make "jumps" from one point to another of the Earth's surface to travel great distances in record time.
The prototype Starhopper is in the development phase and is contributing to the design of Starship, evolution of the BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) rocket project that will follow the launchers Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, with the idea of taking humans one day to the planet Mars .
A new Starhopper take-off test was attempted at night with the objective of taking the aircraft off the ground at a height of 65 feet (20 meters), but the engines do not seem to have been running as expected.
SpaceX Starhopper abort. That was always the challenge with testing. pic.twitter.com/DLEObf5UCh
– Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) July 25, 2019
The streaming video stream of this new attempt was therefore interrupted by SpaceX even before Starhopper took off. The latter had to take off, make a lateral movement and then land.
This attempt is part of a series of tests to test the limits of the prototype and its technologies, already tested last week. SpaceX notes that Starhopper has already gone through several important stages in its development but that it will still take many trials (with potential failures) before reaching the Starship rocket.