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SpaceX clears big hurdle on next-gen Starship rocket program

1 month ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

Credit: Video frame from live stream by SpacePadreIsle.
A prototype rocket for a massive reusable vehicle SpaceX is designing to fly people to the moon and Mars took off from a launching stand in South Texas on Tuesday, flew to a height of roughly 500 feet, then made a controlled descent to a nearby landing pad.
The 500-foot “hop” test was the first of a Starship rocket with full-size propellant tanks, and it sets the stage for a series of progressively higher atmospheric demonstration flights with future vehicles. Eventually, SpaceX aims to shoot the Starship into orbit on top of an even...
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