SpaceX’s next-generation rocket, formally known as Starhopper, attempted unaided flight for the first time this week. On Thursday, July 25, a test prototype of the Starship rocket was able to hover above the ground at a launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
SpaceX’s Starhopper features a fully reusable design that will, one day, send humans and other cargo (precious or otherwise) to deep space destinations such as the Moon and Mars. For now, though, the rocket is believed to have reached an altitude of around 60 feet. Elon Musk shared the successful test flight in a series of tweets that included footage from a drone-cam and an engine-cam. Take a look below.
In a series of earlier tweets, Musk stated that this particular test flight was going to be the first in a series of flights that would see the MK1 Starship reach the upper atmosphere in a matter of months.
As you can see from the footage below, the flight was largely obscured by smoke. However, if Elon Musk’s previous endeavors are anything to go by, we can be sure that it was a resounding success.