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Old 08-28-2019, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Here's a look at a test from today of the SpaceX Starhopper. The altitude was about 500 feet. Not sure about the distance, but its descent and landing was good.
It was like watching a sci-fi movie. Very cool indeed.
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:19 AM
 
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It was like watching a sci-fi movie. Very cool indeed.
LOL! I know what you mean. Like an old sci-fi movie from the 1950s (à la Buck Rogers), or a V2 rocket from WW2. What struck me about how it looked were those support 'fins'. I almost half-expected to see strings or thin wires holding it during flight and landing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:J...els_(1953).jpg

https://monstermoviemusic.blogspot.c...f-fifties.html

https://v2rockethistory.com/how-rockets-fly/
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Old 08-29-2019, 12:00 PM
 
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I wonder why the flame looked different (more yellowish and less transparent) when taking off and touching down? Do they change up the mix to reduce the oxygen flow?
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Old 09-01-2019, 02:30 PM
 
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Banana for scale?
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Old 09-01-2019, 02:35 PM
 
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Starhopper is the lower end of the Starship - for testing the vertical take off and landing. Here's what the prototype looks like:

https://www.cnet.com/news/elon-musk-...-its-glorious/

An article on SpaceX plans for Starship and Mars:

https://www.businessinsider.com/elon...ntation-2017-9

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Old 09-04-2019, 07:40 AM
 
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It was like watching a sci-fi movie. Very cool indeed.
I love the look, would fit right in to a 50’s sci-fi movie.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:48 PM
 
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With the success of the Starhopper, SpaceX is moving forward quickly with plans for a sub-orbital test of the Starship vehicle:

https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/11/...ip-fcc-filing/

They are aiming for their first commercial flight in 2021!
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Old 09-23-2019, 04:52 PM
 
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With the success of the Starhopper, SpaceX is moving forward quickly with plans for a sub-orbital test of the Starship vehicle:

https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/11/...ip-fcc-filing/

They are aiming for their first commercial flight in 2021!
Well, as much as I'm a fan of SpaceX, they've never been any good at meeting dates.

That being said, this is fairly huge. Not so much the Starhopper vehicle, but the Raptor engine - that's a pretty big deal. If it stays this reliable, SpaceX will, in one go, have cracked the problem of using methane as rocket fuel and come up with an operational full-flow staged combustion engine.
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Old 09-27-2019, 07:58 PM
 
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Not resting on their laurels, are they?

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/...tml%23comments
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