Image: A low-fidelity model of the design SpaceX Starship. Used for initial "Hop" tests of Raptor rocket engine
Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
; in re: Boca Chica, Texas. Starship Hop (eighth prototype) on its launch pad (a stand) with FCC approval to demonstrate: fly 50,000 feet up, turn around, see if the ship can manoeuver itself down to Earth and right itself vertically, and land. They think they have a one-in-three chance of landing the thing successfully; even getting the data constitutes success. The fins are more like a lifting body, to use the atmosphere to give it glide. Real goal is to shed speed in the return. Elon Musk. Rocket Lab, cube sats . . . . Space tourism: World View has been building high-altitude balloons. Now doing only recon stratospheric balloons; former CEO has formed a new firm in Florida for tourism.
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"Starhopper" prototype of SpaceX Starship
at SpaceX South Texas Launch Site
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