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Update, July 25:  The test was successfully conducted on July 25.  Read about it at NASASpaceflight.com (not a NASA website).  It “hopped” about 20 meters, which was the plan.  A second test, where it is intended to hop about 200 meters, is expected in mid-August.

Update, July 24:  Two attempts were made this evening, but both were scrubbed.  Observers expect SpaceX to try again tomorrow although the company has made no announcement.

Update, July 23:  SpaceX has not announced when the test will take place, but knowledgeable observers think it will be tomorrow July 24, although SpaceX is also due to launch a cargo mission (SpX-18) to ISS that day.

Update, July 17:  During a static fire test last night in advance of the hover test, observers saw flames erupt from the test stand.  Neither SpaceX nor Musk have made any announcements since then as to whether there was damage or if the hover (hopping) test will still be attempted today.

Update, July 16:  Musk tweeted today that the test has been postponed to “hopefully tomorrow.”

Original Entry: SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company expects to conduct the first hover test of its Starhopper test vehicle on July 16, 2019 at its facilities in Boca Chica, Texas. The time was not announced.

Starhopper is a test vehicle that is part of the development of SpaceX’s Starship, which along with its rocket, Super Heavy (formerly Big Falcon Rocket), is intended to be capable of taking people and cargo to the Moon and Mars.  NASASpaceFlight.com (which is not a NASA website) has extensive coverage of Starhopper, Starship and Super Heavy.

This will be the first untethered flight of Starhopper, which make very short flights — hops — as its name implies.


July 25, 2019
8:00 am - 11:00 pm