SpaceX Starship Broken in Half by Heavy Winds, Weeks Needed for Repairs

SpaceX Starship Broken in Half by Heavy Winds, Weeks Needed for Repairs

SpaceX Starship Broken in Half by Heavy Winds, Weeks Needed for Repairs

The Starship hopper will take a few weeks to fix, Musk said in a tweet.

On Twitter, Elon Musk confirmed the damage and explained that winds reaching 50 miles per hour broke the mooring blocks and blew over the fairing, adding that fixing it should take "a few weeks".

SpaceX's new Starship hopper, a prototype of the spacecraft that could one day take people to Mars, will need weeks of repairs after it was toppled by strong winds at the company's private launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, according to a tweet by CEO Elon Musk.

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The current test vehicle is 30 feet across and 180 feet tall.

Musk said the test hopper could launch in Texas in four to eight weeks, or almost a year ahead of schedule. "Will take a few weeks to fix".

SpaceX is facing a bit of a setback in the development of its Martian rocket prototype, after high winds blew over the top half of the vehicle. An image shared by a member of NASA Spaceflight's online forum, shows the aftermath of the accident including the rocket's nosecone crumpled on the ground.

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@NASAspaceflight Whoops. Starship Hopper nosecone has been blown over in high winds. Musk and Gwynne Shotwell, the president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, call the ship the "test hopper" because it's not created to launch to Mars or even into orbit around Earth. Musk had tweeted on January 5 that the Starship's test flight will take place in four weeks time. Instead, the somewhat crude and windowless ship will rocket on "hops" that go no more than about five kilometres in the air, according to UJS Federal Communications Commission documents.

The version of the hopper damaged on Wednesday is built of stainless steel, a material never before used successfully in the space industry. The first orbital prototype should be ready by June. The bottom portion of the rocket was undamaged, Musk said.

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