SpaceX launches Starhopper 492 feet into air, lands it back on launchpad

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BOCA CHICA BEACH, Texas – After scrubbing Monday’s test of the Starhopper spacecraft, SpaceX launched on Tuesday.

The test was conducted at the company’s facility at Boca Chica Beach, Texas. It was scheduled to begin about 5 p.m.

During the test, Starhopper, which is a prototype for the company’s Mars-bound Starship vehicle, is supposed to rise about 492 feet into the air and land back on the launchpad.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted Monday that there was a problem with the igniters and that an inspection was required.

“We will try again tomorrow,” Musk tweeted.

Space X offered a livestream of the test on its YouTube channel, which is embedded below. KPRC 2 has no control over this livestream.



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