Almost a 12 months after we seen SpaceX’s ‘Starhopper’ check out automotive make a quick journey into the air, the company has effectively flown and landed a full-size Starship prototype. The SN5 automotive is missing its nostril cone, so it’s a bit like a taller “flying water tower” just like the earlier check out rig, however it went up and down from SpaceX’s Boca Chica, TX launch pad all of the equivalent.
You might watch the NASASpaceflight YouTube stream that captured the event (start at about 1:14), and see the one Raptor engine-powered hop, that took SN5 about 150 meters into the air. According to Elon Musk, the following steps embrace a lot of additional fast hops sooner than going “extreme altitude” with physique flaps related. That makes SpaceX two for two on the week, after safely returning two astronauts from the ISS aboard its Crew Dragon automotive, and is a notable step forward for reusable spacecraft.