10:00 pm CDT
By NASASpaceflight.com, Starhopper's static fire ignition is approximately 30 minutes away (10:30 pm CDT).
9:15 pm CDT
Starhopper has started venting, a sign that propellant loading is proceeding apace. Raptor static fire ignition test.
– Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer) July 17, 2019
Fire crews are on standby in Boca Chica, Texas, where SpaceX's Starhopper is believed to be a few hours away from doing a full and static fire test. If all goes well, july 15th's Starhopper static fire will take a big step towards the low-fidelity starship prototype's first untethered flight, a hover test that could see the craft fly up to 20 feet (65 ft) off the ground, hold steady,
Sounds like fueling has started.
– Mary (@BocaChicaGal) July 17, 2019
Bumble bump for the streaming options. Ooooh, massive flare stack! "Flaming Stack!" 0 out of stock "Ooooh, massive flare stack!" 😂 https://t.co/IPDZFaYOSP
– Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) July 17, 2019
Starhopper – cobbled together in the South Texas SpaceX's own Falcon 9 rockets – Reason to be useful, given that it will technically be the first time SpaceX floats a rocket out of steel, but the hover test will be even more significant as a milestone for Raptor itself.