SpaceX's "Starhopper" - the test vehicle for a reusable long-haul spacecraft project - has burst into flames after a series of tests in Texas. Once again, a fire occurred shortly after the vehicle conducted an engine test; fortunately, it resulted in no injuries. And on Wednesday morning (July 17), onlookers confirmed that the squat-looking silver prototype appeared unscathed.
"Post test fuel leak, but no major damage", he tweeted. However, during these tests, the Starhopper was still attached to the ground for safety purposes.
In an interview to be broadcast on "CBS Sunday Morning" July 21, Musk talks with contributor Jeffrey Kluger, the co-author of "Apollo 13", about the future of space exploration. Starhopper is built to fly short, low altitude flights to prove the rocket's technology, and will add more Raptor engines over time. "A$3 big advantage of being made of high strength stainless steel: not bothered by a little heat!"More news: Microsoft Shares Hit All-Time High On Blowout Earnings, Growing Cloud Sales
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Musk's conservative estimate for sending people back to the moon aboard a SpaceX vehicle is 2023, a year before NASA hopes to send a crew to visit the moon as part of its Artemis programme, that would also include a female astronaut, CNET reported on Thursday.
Though NASA has already tapped Crew Dragon and Boeing's Starliner craft to begin shuttling USA astronauts to the International Space Station, Bridenstine told a Senate committee on Wednesday that NASA would not even have an estimate of the cost for its 2024 Artemis mission-ready until 2020.
A fireball erupted from the base of SpaceX's prototype rocket minutes after a key test at the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas.