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SpaceX Starhopper's final flight: 150-meter hop test!

30 Aug 2019

SpaceX successfully flew its Starship prototype "Starhopper" (a.k.a. Starship Hopper, Hoppy, R2D2, Water Tower, Flying Trash Can) 150 meters high, hovering laterally approximately 100 meters and propulsively landing on a separate pad.

This Starhopper test was originally planned to reach 200 meters, but this FAA permit dated Aug 23 limited the test to an altitude of 150 meters. https://www.faa.gov/about/offi....ce_org/headquarters_

The day before this test, SpaceX's first attempt at a 150-meter test flight was automatically aborted milliseconds after T-0 due to an issue with the Raptor engine's torch igniter system.

Starhopper is approximately 30 feet in diameter and 80 feet tall, powered by a single Raptor engine.
SpaceX's Raptor engine is a revolutionary full-flow staged combustion rocket engine powered by cryogenic liquid methane and liquid oxygen. Raptor produces up to 2,000 kilonewtons / 440,000 foot-pounds / 200 metric ton-force of thrust. It has a specific impulse of 330 s at sea level, and 380 s in a vacuum.

Video courtesy of SpaceX.

Intro music: CO.AG - The Earth in 100 Years
Intro video courtesy efeuEntertainment using Space Engine
Outro music: CO.AG - Anything is Possible
Outro video clips courtesy NASA and SpaceX

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