There continues to be many advances on multiple fronts towards the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship.
SpaceX should have a 20-meter altitude untethered test hop of the Starhopper today.
Update: they aborted the Starhopper test just before it left the ground.
The Starhopper is about half the height of a full orbital Starship.
The Dragon that will launch on the Falcon 9 will have ceramic heat tiles that should be used on the SpaceX Starship.
The orbital version of the Starship is nearing the completion of the construction of the body of the rocket. There will need to be six Raptor engines for a complete orbital Starship.
SpaceX testing ceramic Starship heat shield tiles on flight-proven CRS-18 Cargo Dragonhttps://t.co/X4lQUdPD8h
— TESLARATI (@Teslarati) July 24, 2019
— Tyler Gray (@TylerG1998) July 24, 2019