Latest in Tomorrow

Image credit: SpaceX

SpaceX's Starship prototype flies hundreds of feet for the first time

Several more 'short hops' are up next.
Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
August 4, 2020
1332 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
rocket
SpaceX

Sponsored Links

Almost a year after we saw SpaceX’s ‘Starhopper’ test vehicle make a short trip into the air, the company has successfully flown and landed a full-size Starship prototype. The SN5 vehicle is missing its nose cone, so it’s a bit like a taller “flying water tower” just like the earlier test rig, but it went up and down from SpaceX’s Boca Chica, TX launch pad all the same.

You can watch the NASASpaceflight YouTube stream that captured the event (start at about 1:14), and see the single Raptor engine-powered hop, that took SN5 about 150 meters into the air. According to Elon Musk, the next steps include several more short hops before going “high altitude” with body flaps attached. That makes SpaceX two for two on the week, after safely returning two astronauts from the ISS aboard its Crew Dragon vehicle, and is a notable step forward for reusable spacecraft.

Update: Now there’s some official video with angles from a drone and cameras mounted on the Starship SN5 itself that gives another angle on the launch.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
1332 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The Morning After: Tesla's $25,000 EV, and its 200 MPH-capable Model S

The Morning After: Tesla's $25,000 EV, and its 200 MPH-capable Model S

View
The Galaxy S20 FE is a Samsung flagship for the rest of us

The Galaxy S20 FE is a Samsung flagship for the rest of us

View
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite leaks ahead of tomorrow's hardware event

Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite leaks ahead of tomorrow's hardware event

View
Microsoft is holding Xbox Series X and S stock for launch day

Microsoft is holding Xbox Series X and S stock for launch day

View
Triumph’s first e-bike is a welcome blend of technology and nostalgia

Triumph’s first e-bike is a welcome blend of technology and nostalgia

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr