SpaceX Starship SN5 Makes Its First 150m Hop
It looks like a flying grain silo, but it is actually part of a mega-rocket that Elon Musk's SpaceX will use to fly to the Moon and Mars in a few years.
A prototype of SpaceX’s Starship next-generation reusable launch vehicle made a brief “hop” flight Aug. 4, 2020 at the company’s Texas test site.
The Starship SN5 vehicle, powered by a single Raptor engine, lifted off at SpaceX’s site in Boca Chica, Texas to reach an altitude of 150 meters (450 ft).
After flying a short distance sideways, it descended to a landing on a nearby pad about 45 seconds after liftoff.
Six landing legs, tucked underneath the skirt surrounding the engine bay, deployed shortly before landing.
Only 1 Raptor engine was used here to provide enough thrust for this test flight.
The final starship will be much larger - 50m (150 ft) high, 9m (27ft) wide and an incredible 1,350,000 kg (1,500 tons) heavy,
and will fly with 6 Raptor engines.
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