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SpaceX Seeking Launch Approval For Shiny New Rocket

SpaceX's Starhopper, a prototype of the company's Starship, in Texas ahead of testing. Photo: Elon Musk

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to launch his new shiny, stainless steel rocket called Starship from Florida’s Space Coast. Musk also wants to build the rocket in Brevard.

SpaceX is testing a prototype of the vehicle dubbed Starhopper at its Texas facility. The Starship transporter is a massive rocket and crew vehicle that will take up to 100 people into space.

The shiny, stainless steel rocket looks like it was torn from the pages of a science fiction magazine. During the upcoming test, the rocket will hop as high as 16,000 feet using the help of SpaceX’s newest engine, the Raptor.

Musk says the company is asking the government for permission to launch the Starship from both Texas and Florida and plans to build the rockets at both sites.

SpaceX is targeting a launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket next month from the space coast.


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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »

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