Starhopper

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Photo credit: Official SpaceX Image

Overview

Type: Prototype
Class: Starship
Status: Retired
Fate: Remains at the launch site
in Boca Chica, Texas
Year Built: 2019
Year Decomissioned: 2019

History

Following SpaceX’s decision to switch away from a carbon fiber material to stainless steel instead, construction started on Starhopper began in late December 2018. Starhopper was construction in an open field, a radical change from most rocket manufacturing techniques.

Starhopper was originally fitted with a nose cone, which was later scrapped following damage caused by it tipping over in a windstorm. Elon Musk later announced that there no plans to build a new nose cone, and tests proceeded with just the lower portion of the body.

By March 2019 Spacehopper was complete, with a single raptor engine and was then moved to the pad area on 8 March. After cryogenic testing through March, Starhopper’s first static fire took place on 3 April. Starhopper flew three times, each time increasing its vertical height from simple 1m hops to a final 150m vertical hop which saw it land 100m away from the launch pad.

Following the third hop, Starhopper was retired and remains at the launch site after it was moved to its display area on 4 October.

Milestones

All dates & times are local unless otherwise indicated.

Date Type Location
2018 Construction Boca Chica, Texas
March 8, 2019 Construction Boca Chica, Texas
Construction completed, ready for rollout.
April 3, 2019 Static Fire Success Ground Launch Pad, Boca Chica, Texas
April 5, 2019 Static Fire Success Ground Launch Pad, Boca Chica, Texas
July 16, 2019 Static Fire Success Ground Launch Pad, Boca Chica, Texas
July 25, 2019 First Launch Success Ground Launch Pad, Boca Chica, Texas
August 1, 2019 Decomissioned Boca Chica, Texas

Test Launches

Date/Time Launch Site Apogee Outcome Duration
April 5, 2019 Ground Launch Pad, Boca Chica, Texas ~1m Success ~3 seconds
July 25, 2019 Ground Launch Pad, Boca Chica, Texas 20m Success ~22 seconds
August 27, 2019 Ground Launch Pad, Boca Chica, Texas 150m Success ~58 seconds

Raptor Engines

Engine Number Installation Year
SN2 2019
SN4 2019
SN6 2019


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UTC Time

Wednesday, 27-Oct-21 14:19:35 UTC

Boca Chica Local Time

Wednesday, 27-Oct-21 09:19:35 CDT