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SpaceX workers crawl the lower section of the Test Hopper out to a launch pad near Boca Chica Beach, Texas, on March 8, 2019.

‘All systems green’: SpaceX fired up its Mars spaceship prototype for the first time, rattling homes for miles around

The SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his rocket company fired up "Starhopper" for the first time. The vehicle is an early prototype of a Mars spaceship.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

Elon Musk just revealed 5 major updates to SpaceX’s Mars spaceship project. Here’s what we learned.

On Sunday, Elon Musk said SpaceX plans to launch a Starship spaceship prototype this week. He also revealed new details about the project's future.
SpaceX workers crawl the lower section of the Test Hopper out to a launch pad near Boca Chica Beach, Texas, on March 8, 2019.

Elon Musk: SpaceX hopes to launch ‘Test Hopper’ — a prototype for a giant Mars rocket ship — for the first time this week

SpaceX's "Test Hopper" is a prototype for a Mars launch system called Starship. The vehicle may see its first rocket-engine test-firing as soon as March 18.
Elon Musk and SpaceX are developing a stainless-steel rocket ship called Starship.

Elon Musk says SpaceX is developing a ‘bleeding’ heavy-metal rocket ship. Making it work may be 100 times as hard as NASA’s most dif...

SpaceX is building a steel launch system called Starship for the moon and Mars, but some aerospace experts say Elon Musk's new design won't be easy.
A prototype of SpaceX's Starship rocket stands vertically at the company's launch site in Boca Chica, Texas.

A $1.37 billion border-security deal might save SpaceX’s launch site in Texas, where Elon Musk hopes to fire off moon and Mars rockets

A 1,159-page billion bipartisan agreement may stop a US-Mexico border wall from cutting straight through SpaceX's Starship launch site in Texas.
SpaceX's "test hopper," an experimental stainless-steel ship, in Texas. The person at the bottom is for scale.

Elon Musk says he is ‘confident’ people could afford to ‘sell their home on Earth’ and move to Mars on a SpaceX rocket

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the first tickets to Mars may cost about $500,000 but eventually could cost less than $100,000 on his new launch system, Starship.
The first firing of SpaceX's full-scale Raptor rocket engine, which is designed to help send passengers around the moon.

SpaceX test-fired a giant rocket engine with ‘insane power’ for moon and Mars missions. The future of Elon Musk’s company may ride o...

Elon Musk posted videos of SpaceX's new Raptor rocket engine firing. Experts say the company's future depends in part on the engine's reliability.
An illustration of SpaceX's "test hopper," an experimental stainless-steel ship. Though it won't launch into space, the vehicle will help Elon Musk's rocket company work on a large and similar Starship spacecraft for reaching Mars.

SpaceX’s giant rocket ship was damaged by powerful winds in Texas — the nosecone blew over, and Elon Musk says repairs will take weeks

Elon Musk said a stainless-steel prototype of SpaceX's Mars rocket was blown off its mooring blocks and knocked over by 50 mph winds overnight.
A photo-illustration of Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, and Gwynne Shotwell, the rocket company's president and chief operating officer.

These are the 577 positions SpaceX is cutting at its headquarters in a major round of layoffs

Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, is laying off 577 employees from its headquarters in California. A notice sent to the state lists the jobs.
SpaceX's "test hopper," an experimental stainless-steel ship, after it was built in Texas (left) and an illustration of the vehicle (right). A person is shown at the bottom to provide a sense of scale.

Elon Musk says SpaceX has built a stainless-steel rocket ship in Texas that looks ‘like liquid silver’ and might launch in February

SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, said his rocket company has assembled a shiny steel "test hopper" prototype of its Starship spaceship for Mars in Texas.