SpaceX’s Mk1 Starship enjoyed a short road trip to its Boca Chica launch site on Wednesday, a key milestone ahead of its upcoming test flight. Soon to be joined by its fairing, Starship will undergo several weeks of preparations for the test flight to 20 KM that will include an ambitious landing attempt.
The Boca Chica facility has grown in notoriety since SpaceX started to construct what was initially thought to be a water tower. This became a running joke, with Elon Musk celebrating the milestones of the Starhopper test vehicle by tweeting “Water Towers Can Fly”.
Starhopper successfully conducted numerous achievements, not least the 150 meter hop and landing back in August.
That was its only launch as SpaceX opted to “retire” the test vehicle into the role of becoming a vertical test stand for Raptor engines.
Eventually, SpaceX will have four Raptor test stands, with the two horizontal stands already in operation at the company’s McGregor test site soon to be joined by the conversion of the Tripod Stand into a horizontal test facility along with Starhopper’s new role in Boca Chica.
Starhopper is still at the launch site in Boca Chica, albeit moved to the side of ...