Elon Musk’s ‘Starship’ prototype appeared much more fragile than expected as its top was blown out by high winds.
The prototype, known as a ‘hopper’ is supposed to be used for suborbital vertical takeoff and landing test flights, reaching approximately 16,400 feet, as well as testing the rockets traction systems before proceeding to building a full scale prototype.
Unfortunately, on January 23th, pictures posted on Twitter reveal that strong winds have blown over the Starship Hopper’s nose.
It is supposed that the prototype’s nosecone has already been detached from the booster when the wind knocked it over.
The founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk claims that the damage can be easily repaired – the top is simply a hollow structure to provide the prototype with a legitimate rocket appearance.
“I just heard. 50 mph winds broke the mooring blocks late last night & fairing was blown over. Will take a few weeks to repair”, Musk mentioned in a tweet. “Actual tanks are fine”, he added afterwards.
Elon Musk claimed that he was aiming to complete the test flights in four weeks, however having in mind that unforeseen issues might appear, he admitted that the process could take up to eight weeks. The first orbital prototype should be ready by June, Musk said in response to the space enthusiasts.