SpaceX May Let Its ‘Starhopper’ Starship Prototype Off Its Leash Today

SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing tech will take a big leap soon, if all goes according to plan.

The Starhopper spacecraft, a prototype of SpaceX’s Starship Mars vehicle, is scheduled to make its first untethered test flight Tuesday (July 16), company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.

“Raptor engine mounted on Starhopper. Aiming for hover test Tues,” Musk said via Twitter Saturday (July 13). “~20 m [meters, 66 feet] up & sideways for first flight. Mk1 Starship hopefully 20 km [12 miles] up in a few months,” he added in another tweet.

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