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The first jump SpaceX Starhopper: 20 seconds, normal flight

3DNews: Novosti Hardware 26.07.2019 at 06:07

3DNews: Novosti Hardware

Postponed for a day the first jump of a prototype Starship rocket company SpaceX ― working model Starhopper made of stainless steel with one sustainer engine Raptor and more than two shunting engines ― made its first jump up and to the side. The flight lasted only 20 seconds, but the layout is not exploded, overturned and landed on the supports where it was planned ― on prepared in the side from the start of the second pad. Due to the heavy smoke on the launch pad in the video, you see but little. The rocket disappeared behind the smokescreen in one place and appeared out of it in the other. Also the smoke you can see the top of the Starhopper, flashed above the place where it was to start. Twitter Elon Musk joked that the water tanks do not fly. Starhopper jumped. Lift height, according to representatives of the company, was around 20 meters and, after a moment of soaring, the unit moved approximately the same amount to the side.