StarHopper Flight Delay, A Chinese Hopping Test & Next Starlink Mission
SpaceX's Starhopper flight planned to go as high as 200 m is being delayed by the FAA, SpaceX's suborbital flights with the Starship prototypes could happen as early as September (Elon-time adjusted), and SpaceX has revealed the upcoming launches of the Starlink satellites until mid 2020.
With Starhopper flight successful at 20 m height a few weeks ago, the next SpaceX Starhopper flight test is planned to go as high as 200 m. Unfortunately the Starhopper second test is stalled because the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approval is still missing. We of course have our own theory on why this approval is taking so long, so put on your tinfoil hats. However we are sure that the Starhopper prototype will soon fly 200 m high, at the latest in September.
Meanwhile, the Starship flight test of the Starship orbital prototype is nearing. Elon indicated in a tweet that it could take place as early as on the 24th of August, just in time for his Spacex Starship presentation. SpaceX's massive Starship prototype is being assembled at the moment, both in Boca Chica Texas and Cocoa Florida. But of course we are talking about Elon-time here, so we came up with a fun conversion from Elon-time to regular time, as an homage to the Lorentz time dilation transform of Einstein's special relativity. It is of course purely fun, but we estimate that the SpaceX orbital Starship will not take off before mid September.
Then we have the next SpaceX launch dates with Falcon 9 of 60 Starlink satellites each, being the 17th of October and the 4th of November. We are amazed to find that 7 more launches are planned in the first half of 2020, so 9 launches until mid 2020. Falcon 9 Starlink deployment must however be further refined, because the loss ratio is still too high. We then reflect on why Starlink is such a genius move of Elon, and how Starlink's lower latency time, will make it superior to submarine sea cables. We speculate that Wall Street will certainly pay a nice premium to use Starlink in order to have an edge over other traders, with their high-frequency algo bots.
NASA has been working on their SLS already for 10 years, but the progress is so slow that we doubt NASA could land humans on the Moon by 2024 within their Artemis program.
Looking over to China, we find that the Chang'e 4 mission is still ongoing, and that the small rover Yutu-2 is still cruising on the far side of the moon, taking interesting pictures and performing science experiments.
We also take a look at a China private rocket company called Linkspace, which just recently did a 300 m high hopping test of their own. This is certainly an interesting new space race of reusable rockets.
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