SpaceX Starship Test- Elon Musk’s SpaceX is preparing to test-flight the “Orbit-class” starship from the company’s Boca Chica test facility in Texas. The move comes weeks after the company’s single-engine starship prototype dubbed Starbopper successfully made its second flight in late August. The one-minute flight referred to as the “hop” test, proves the vehicle’s control and landing ability in a controlled manner.
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The vehicle is expected to fly to a height of 12.5 miles or 20 kilometers before returning to the same landing pad used during the first tests. The elevation is much higher than Starhopper’s 149-meter hop last month but still lower than the edge of space. The application lists October 13 as the date of commencement of operations.
This comes days after the FCC filing by the Federal Aviation Authority or FAA, which effectively allowed SpaceX to expand its Boca Cheeka launch facility for the starship launch. The starship is a fully reusable spacecraft design that will be powered by six Raptor engines and will be used to send crew and cargo to deep space sites such as the Moon and Mars. SpaceX plans to launch a commercial payload using the starship in 2021.