Starship Hopper Testing Set for Wednesday at Earliest

The Monitor reports on SpaceX’s plans to test its Starship Hopper this week at Boca Chica near Brownsville, Texas:

Cameron County has posted public notice that it will close Highway 4 to Boca Chica Beach for space flight activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

In the alternative, the public notice said Highway 4 to Boca Chica Beach will be closed for the same time duration on either Thursday or Friday.

  • Terry Stetler

    It. Begins…

    Like Grasshopper before it; short hops first, then jumps followed by leaps.

  • duheagle

    That’s one small hop for a can…

  • Paul_Scutts

    … (potentially) one giant heap for cankind. 🙂

  • François

    Are we expecting tethered test for first hop?

  • ReSpaceAge

    I love that

    “FINALLY installed their first Raptor”

    The kid thinks SpaceX has been dragging ass!


  • ThomasLMatula

    Probably impossible to find a tether strong enough, unless he gets hold of an old battleship anchor chain. Remember, this is powered by Raptors…

  • ThomasLMatula

    It is because he is working on Silicon Valley time instead of NASA time.

  • redneck

    You both should be canned for that. 🙂

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    As soon as the leg pads leave the deck it will be the first FFSC engine to fly.

  • ThomasLMatula

    And while the Starhopper is getting ready to hop SpaceX has started building the hull of the first orbital Starship next to where Starhopper was built.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Regardless of what you think about this program, this will probably herald in a new era of space flight. The question is how that evolution will play out and at what pace? The cheerleaders say fast, the poops like me say slow and tumultuous. Let the metal fly, and fly it will. God speed Starship. Good luck Space X.

  • therealdmt

    Word is, tethered. First “flight” might not be a hop at all, but people are speculating on a vertical distance of somewhere between a few feet and a few inches.

    Specifically, SpaceX has pointed out that the first test(s?) will not be visible from the boundaries of the property; it’s not going “up” much, if any.

  • windbourne

    I doubt they will dangle it. More likely it is just designed to keep it from crashing HARD, or from tipping over. As such, a whole lot less mass on there.

  • Lee

    Generally things with that much propellant go quite high when they explode 😉

  • ThomasLMatula

    Looks like it has been rescheduled for tomorrow.

  • Robert G. Oler

    Mars 2024 here we come pack your bags 🙂

  • ThomasLMatula

    Here is a website that is streaming a live view. It helps you appreciate just how large the Starhopper is.