Upper half of Starship hopper blown over by winds

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High winds at Boca Chica have toppled the upper half of SpaceX’s Starship Hopper prototype, causing damage that will take “a few weeks to repair,” according to Elon Musk.

The video at the link taken by a driver going past the facility shows the top half lying on the ground.



  • geoffc

    They built the hopper in two halves. Bottom half is thicker steel (simply welded onsite) has legs, reinforments, and had 3 mock engines installed (Since removed, real ones are reported under test at McGregor). They were installing tank bulkheads in the bottom half before the storm.

    The upper half/fairing was hoops with steel tack welded on. This was the simplest part of the process. They are waiting for the engines to be ready, and to finish the tanks in the bottom half, so while a loss, not really a big deal.

    Took a week or three to build teh first time, probably similar the second time.

  • Kirk

    The upper dome of the LOX tank (in the lower, undamaged section of the hopper) is now in place. https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47120.msg1905088#msg1905088

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