Texas test of SpaceX Starhopper successful

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BOCA CHICA, Texas (KWTX) SpaceX’s next-generation launch system has passed a key test in Texas.

The one-minute test flight was a key step toward the goal of sending humans into space. (CNN VAN photo)

The company’s Starhopper vehicle rose several hundred feet in the air just after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the SpaceX test site in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, then landed vertically several minutes later on a different pad.

The one-minute test flight was a key step toward the goal of sending humans into space.

The Starhopper was powered by a single Raptor engine, the same engine SpaceX is developing for the use on its Starship, which is intended to serve as a reusable upper stage atop the company’s Super Heavy rocket.

Starship prototypes are under construction now in South Texas and in Florida.

SpaceX tests its rocket motors at its facility in McGregor west of Waco.