SpaceX hopes to launch its Star Hopper test vehicle soon on its first flights. The short tests, which will take place at the launch site of SpaceX in Boca Chica, Texas, will bring the rocket for its low-altitude flights to just under 500 meters and for flights at 5000 meters altitude to almost 500 meters altitude, bringing its heights, after a modified request submitted to the Federal Communications Commission. The heights are in line with those stated by the company in a similar file last year.
The Starhopper is a very simple version of Starship, the massive passenger rocket SpaceX wants to build to send people to the Moon and Mars. To prepare for the spaceship's first spaceflight, SpaceX has been tinkering with the Starhopper test in Boca Chica. The vehicle has a similar structure to the last rocket, but is slightly smaller. Starhopper's primary mission is to test the new powerful Raptor engines SpaceX has developed for the future space rocket.
SpaceX lit a Raptor engine for the first time in April on the bottom of the Starhopper. It was raised only a few inches since the vehicle was moored to the ground. SpaceX is now planning so-called "hop tests" with the vehicle (hence the nickname Starhopper), where the rocket is sent to a low altitude above ground. The company will then try to touch the Starhopper with the three landing legs of the vehicle back on the ground. The idea is to test the landing skills with which the rocket will touch Earth and other worlds. SpaceX conducted similar tests in 201
Only one Raptor engine was installed in StarHopper's rigged tests, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk pointed out. For higher flights, three engines would be added to the vehicle. For now, images of the vehicle show that no engines are attached to the Starhopper in Boca Chica . This will change as the company prepares for the opening flights.
Cameron County, where Boca Chica is located, issued roadblocks around the launch site on May 28, indicating that the flights could take place within a week. The first round of the SpaceX tests, however, found many Weeks after the first round of road closures, so the first hop tests may take a few more weeks.