Prototypes of SpaceX’s next-generation Starship launch-vehicle family are poised to begin an ambitious flight-test campaign in October following a successful 57-sec. flight of the Starhopper vertical-takeoff-and-landing demonstrator at the company’s Boca Chica test site near Brownsville, Texas, on Aug 27. Reaching a maximum altitude of around 500 ft. as it translated horizontally to a vertical landing on a nearby landing pad, the short flight was a critical test of the ...

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