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The FAA made SpaceX boost its accident insurance 33-fold, to $100 million, before Starhopper’s last launch. Here’s why.
The Federal Aviation Administration is supposed to keep the public safe, yet also help private companies like SpaceX. Insurance helps bridge the gap.
SpaceX’s Starhopper rocket ship soars nearly 500 feet over South Texas — a key step in Elon Musk’s quest to reach Mars
Starhopper also used its single Raptor rocket engine to fly over to a beachside landing pad a few hundred feet away and gently touch down.
Police sent explosion warnings to residents near SpaceX’s South Texas launch site ahead of an experimental rocket flight
Sheriffs gave a notice to residents of Boca Chica on Saturday that warns an "overpressure event" may break windows, so they should vacate their homes.
SpaceX may ‘cannibalize’ its first Mars rocket-ship prototype in Elon Musk’s race to launch Starship
Starhopper is a stubby rocket-ship test vehicle that Elon Musk's company SpaceX built in Texas. But after a few flights, its work may be done.
SpaceX’s launch of an experimental rocket ship set fire to about 100 acres of wildlife refuge in south Texas
The fires started by Starhopper, a prototype Mars rocket, initially seemed to be extinguished, but the flames rekindled and spread overnight.
The first true flight of the Starhopper vehicle lasted just a few seconds, but it's a key step in developing a rocket ship able to reach Mars.
Before Elon Musk can build a city on Mars, he needs a ship to get there. SpaceX plans to launch the first prototype on Wednesday.
SpaceX tried to launch a Mars spaceship prototype on its first big flight, but the test abruptly ended after ignition
Wednesday's experimental launch was slated to take Starhopper on its first true flight, but Elon Musk said its rocket-engine propellant got too cold.
A huge fireball briefly swallowed SpaceX’s Mars rocket prototype, but Elon Musk says there is ‘no major damage’
SpaceX test-fired a small rocket ship called Starhopper on Tuesday. A fireball erupted around the vehicle a few minutes after the test-firing ended.
Elon Musk says SpaceX is about to launch a Mars rocket prototype. Here’s what we know about Starhopper’s biggest launch yet in south Texas...
Elon Musk's rocket company wants to see if its latest Raptor rocket engine can propel a steel rocket ship 65 feet in the air, hover, and safely land.