It was built a lot for a bit of flame, but a single-engine prototype of the rocket, which Elon Musk hopes will one day bring passengers to Mars, was set on fire for the first time.
After weeks ofMusk acknowledged that the "hopper" version of his Starship (formerly known as "BFR") was a "tailed hops" Wednesday evening completed.
SpaceX has used so-called hopper prototypes to test its rockets in the past. Basically, they are less powerful versions that do not fly all the way into space and then come down to the landing. In this case, a "tailed hops" is actually the same as a static or dammed fire test, which is a standard procedure before most launches. Interestingly, SpaceX should also conduct a on Thursday before a scheduled start on Sunday. This is the first commercial launch for Falcon Heavy (bringing a commercial communications satellite into orbit) and the first we've seen since theat the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday. However, this test has been delayed again and is now scheduled
The launch of the Starship prototype Raptor engine was the first launch on the company's launch ramp in Texas. Texas appears to be in Texas for the time being after thewas completed.
SpaceX needs to move Starship from this first test in less than four years. The company already has a paying client in the Japanese billionairein 2023.