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SpaceX ramps up operations in South Texas as Hopper tests loom

28 May 2019, 14:04 UTC
SpaceX ramps up operations in South Texas as Hopper tests loom
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SpaceX is working a dual test flow for its new Super Heavy and Starship systems, with construction ongoing in Florida while Starhopper prepares to restart test operations in Texas. Two orbital Starship prototypes are now in staggered stages of production while the first Super Heavy booster is set to begin construction in the next three months. However, the focus will soon return to Starhopper, as it prepares for an incremental series of untethered test hops.

Earlier this month it came to light that SpaceX crews at Cocoa Beach in Florida were starting to assemble a second orbital Starship prototype vehicle, similar to the first of such articles that are currently located at the company’s launch and testing facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, these two builds were going to be the center of a cooperative/competitive effort between the two sites and their respective team members, in which they would share insights and lessons learned during development – although they were not required to put them to use.

SpaceX is doing simultaneous competing builds of Starship in Boca Chica Texas & Cape Canaveral Florida
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 14, 2019

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