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Starhopper first flight as early as this week; Starship/Superheavy updates

18 Mar 2019, 18:34 UTC
Starhopper first flight as early as this week; Starship/Superheavy updates
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Testing of SpaceX’s Starhopper suborbital vehicle in Boca Chica, Texas, is ramping up, with Raptor engine installation and Boca Chica Village residents receiving warning of imminent, a few feet off the ground hop tests to come as early as this week.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk, has presented new information on the overall Starship/Super Heavy design, including Starship’s heat shield and the fact that SpaceX is seeking regulatory approval to launch and build the massive interplanetary transport space vehicle in both Texas and “Cape Kennedy”, Florida.
Starhopper testing:
SpaceX’s Starhopper is ramping up test operations at Boca Chica, Texas, ahead of what’s anticipated to be the first, a few feet off the ground hop tests in the coming days.
In the past several days, observers at the east Texas test and launch facility have documented numerous cryogenic tests of Starhopper’s propellant tanks that hold Liquid Oxygen (LOX) and Liquid Methane to fuel the vehicle’s Raptor engines.
These tests involved fueling Starhopper with LOX and liquid methane and testing the pressurization systems, observed via icing of propellant lines leading to the vehicle and the venting of cryogenic boil off at the launch/test site.

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