Winds blow over SpaceX rocket at Boca Chica Beach

The SpaceX Starship Hopper fell at the launch site on Boca Chica Beach. It is believed the high winds caused the collapse

The SpaceX Starship Hopper fell at the launch site on Boca Chica Beach. It is believed the high winds caused the collapse

On Twitter, Elon Musk confirmed the damage and explained that winds reaching 50 miles per hour broke the mooring blocks and blew over the fairing, adding that fixing it should take "a few weeks".

A prototype spacecraft from Elon Musk's SpaceX has been damaged after being knocked over by strong winds.

Fortunately for SpaceX, the damage caused by the winds appears to have been confined to the fairing portion, which is like a large nosecone dominates the top of the spacecraft. The spacecraft consists of a Super Heavy rocket booster and a spacecraft, the Starship, which SpaceX hopes will one day carry cargo and space tourists - including Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who was announced previous year as SpaceX's first paying lunar passenger-to the cosmos. This model was about to be tested in takeoff and landing in a few weeks, but with the damage done, tests will have to be delayed. Musk and Gwynne Shotwell, the president of SpaceX, call the ship the "test hopper" because it's not created to launch to Mars or even into orbit around Earth. The damage "will take a few weeks to fix", Musk added.

@NASAspaceflight Whoops. Starship Hopper nosecone has been blown over in high winds.

The test hopper is a squat version of a full-scale Starship: a spaceship that's being created to send people to Mars.

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The hopper, as Musk and SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell calls the prototype, will not go into space nor orbit the Earth. The rocket is under testing in Brownsville, Texas.

The windowless test rocket is also shorter than the Starship.

In early January, Musk said the rocket ship could start those hops in four to eight weeks, but that timeline no longer looks tenable, given the damage.

SpaceX had originally planned to build the hopper out of carbon-fiber composites but has since shifted to a stainless steel alloy.

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