Elon Musk's impressive 'Starship' rocket was blown over by the wind

Winds blow over SpaceX rocket at Boca Chica Beach

SpaceX's giant rocket ship was blown over and damaged by powerful winds in Texas — and Elon Musk says repairs will take weeks

CEO Elon Musk tweeted about damage to the rocket, noting it would take a "few weeks to fix". "50 miles per hour [80 kph] winds broke the mooring blocks late last night & fairing was blown over".

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

SpaceX's Starship prototype rocket has been damaged by high winds in Texas, which blew the top half of the hopper off on Wednesday. Musk has said the test version is for low altitude "hop" flights (known as VTOL, or Vertical Take Off and Landing), which will not reach orbit. Unfortunately for the company, Starhopper didn't make it out unscathed, and Musk estimates that it will take weeks to patch things up.

The rocket represents the test iteration of Starship, which SpaceX is building to transport humans and cargo to Mars.

"We are building the Starship prototypes locally at our launch site in Texas, as their size makes them very hard to transport", Musk had said.

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The windowless test rocket is also shorter than the Starship.

A photo taken by NASAspaceflight.com member "BocaChicaGal" shows the rocket's crumpled top on the ground. Starship is being built out of very stainless steel, rather than carbon fiber.

The glowing metal coupon pictured in Musk's video appears to be heated by the same high-temperature torches SpaceX (and contractors) use to spin-form Falcon 9 and Heavy propellant tank domes and Merlin 1D and MVac engines, potentially explaining the reported 1100C (2000F) the metallic (steel, presumably) heat shield was being heated to.

This is more likely an example of rough, ad-hoc testing being used to generally characterize and navigate the early stages of new technology development, hence the improvised testbed of a few ceramic insulation blankets and industrial torches already on-hand at SpaceX's Hawthorne, CA factory.

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