SpaceX hopes to ‘hop’ another Starship prototype today – CNET

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SN5 blasts off earlier in August. 

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If you missed it the first time around, there may be another opportunity, as soon as Thursday, to see an early version of Elon Musk's Mars rocket take a very short flight.

SpaceX has been working at its Boca Chica, Texas, site to develop Starship, its next-generation spacecraft designed to eventually take people to the moon, Mars and even beyond.

In August, a single-engine Starship prototype labeled SN5 successfully made its first "hop," which was a short flight of nearly 500 feet (152 meters) in altitude, followed by a controlled landing not far from the launch pad. 

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We saw the same feat performed by a smaller prototype dubbed Starhopper in 2019, but the far larger SN series is designed to be capable of orbital flight. It's not clear when we might see that, but Musk has said the plan is to do a series of hops to work up to higher-altitude flights. 

Road and airspace closures have been issued for Thursday with backup dates on Friday and Saturday, as SpaceX hopes to hop SN6, its next prototype. 

The closures were originally set for last week and it's possible they could slip further. We'll keep you updated on the situation in Texas.

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