SpaceX caught the hook on a development test on its next-generation starship Starship. In particular, the StarHopper demonstration and test ship, with which it works on the propulsion system of the Starthip, does not undertake a first test flight at a test site in Boca Chica Beach, Texas.
The plan was to have the demonstration ship taken down Turn off and fly to a height of 20 meters before returning to Earth. This is done on their own and under the direction of their own control system. Instead, it seemed to fire rockets and then was wrapped in smoke before putting out fires from the top of the test vehicle for several minutes before it was extinguished. StarHopper looked relatively unscathed. We're still waiting for the official confirmation of what happened to SpaceX, but they called it a "kill" in a livestream of the test.
Last week, during a static test fire, the StarHopper vehicle was enveloped by a large ball of flame. According to SpaceX, this was not a planned event, but did not cause any significant damage to the spacecraft.
In early April, StarHopper managed to fly its first tethered flight, and since then, more tests have been done to prepare for it. It's an unconnected journey. Ello Musk, CEO of SpaceX said earlier this month that a successful test without cables would pave the way for a complete presentation of SpaceX's spacecraft plans in late July. However, there have been some problems with the test since then. [1
The Spaceship designed by SpaceX can be fully reused after its completion, unlike Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. This will reduce startup costs. However, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy remain in service for paying customers as long as they are hungry.