New SpaceX rocket Starship damaged after high winds blew it over in Texas

SpaceX's glamorous retro-looking new rocket, Starship Hopper, has suffered a dramatic setback after high winds in Texas caused it to topple and suffer damage...


SpaceX's glamorous retro-looking new rocket, Starship Hopper, has suffered a dramatic setback after high winds in Texas caused it to topple and suffer damage.

Images posted on social media and fan forums show the vehicle's nose-cone lying crumpled on the round.

Discussing the incident on Twitter, the company's billionaire owner Elon Musk said that "50mph winds broke the mooring blocks late last night" and the "fairing was blown over".

Mr Musk added that it "will take a few weeks to repair" the rocket, but noted that the fuel tanks are fine.

He is a regular user of the platform and often engages with fans there, although he has been criticised for previous tweets - including one suggesting a British diver was a sex offender, and another which claimed he was about to take another of his companies, Tesla, private.

Despite the crumpling, the silver-looking rocket has very few additional features or frills to be damaged, aside from a simple American flag on the hull.

When Mr Musk first posted the picture of it he was keen to stress that the image wasn't a rendering because of its similarity to an artist's impression which he had previously released.

Source: SkyNews



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