SpaceX Prototype Starship Survives Low-Altitude Hop

SpaceX conducted a static test fire of Starship SN5 on July 30.
Credit: SpaceX
A prototype Mars-class reusable spaceship developed by SpaceX took a nearly 500-ft (150 m) hop off a launch stand near Brownsville, Texas, on Aug. 4, deploying landing legs and touching down 45 sec. later, marking the company’s first successful Starship test flight in a year. Powered by a single...
Irene Klotz

Irene Klotz is Senior Space Editor for Aviation Week, based in Cape Canaveral. Before joining Aviation Week in 2017, Irene spent 25 years as a wire service reporter covering human and robotic spaceflight, commercial space, astronomy, science and technology for Reuters and United Press International.

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