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Starship prototype makes first hop test
Posted: Thu, Aug 6, 2020, 5:39 PM ET (2139 GMT)
Starship SN5 first hop (SpaceX) A SpaceX Starship prototype made a long-awaited brief test flight Tuesday evening. The Starship SN5 vehicle lifted off from the company's Boca Chica, Texas, test site shortly before 8 pm EDT (0000 GMT), touching down on a neighboring pad about 45 seconds later after flying to an estimated altitude of 150 meters. The "hop" test was the first free flight of a Starship prototype. Last September, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said such a flight would take place in one to two months, but several previous prototypes were destroyed in ground tests.
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