The SpaceX prototype rocket "Starhopper" flies for the first time on a short flight in which the rocket was launched and landed.
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SpaceX launched and landed its Starhopper rocket in its first flight, a brief test in which the company is developing a next-generation rocket that it hopes will bring people to the Moon and Earth will, a giant step forward made Mars.
The rocket is the prototype for the SpaceX vehicle Starship. The company is building the massive rocket to reach the goal of transporting up to 1
"Starhopper flight successful," said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in a tweet.
Musk released a video that SpaceX had taken from the flight test on Thursday with a flying drone nearby. The flight took place at the SpaceX plant in Boca Chica Beach, Texas.
The rocket lifted off the ground for the first time after months of testing. SpaceX tried the flight the previous night, but stopped seconds after the engine fired. Although official data from Thursday's test flight was not yet available, SpaceX had already announced plans to fly Starhopper about 30 meters in the air.
Starship is built to be fully reusable, which means that the entire rocket can launch, land and re-launch – more like a plane than a traditional rocket. Currently, SpaceX can land and reuse part of its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy missiles. But Starship would take that to the next level and, most importantly, help lower the cost per missile launch.
Starhopper back on the launch pad after the first flight
SpaceX's prototype missile "Starhopper" stands on its launch pad after completing its first flight.
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