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SpaceX's Mars rocket 'test hopper' prototype damage by powerful winds
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Jan 23, 2019 2:22 AM 1+ mon ago

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

Jan. 23, 2019, 10:19 AM

elon musk starship test hopper stainless steel illustration rendering twitter january 2019 insider 2x1 An illustration of SpaceX's "test hopper," an experimental stainless-steel ship. Though it won't launch into space, the vehicle should help Elon Musk's rocket company work on a larger Starship spacecraft for reaching Mars. Elon Musk/SpaceX via Twitter; Samantha Lee/Business Insider

"I just heard," Elon Musk, the company's founder, tweeted, confirming on-the-ground reports that the vehicle was no longer vertical.

He added: "50 mph winds broke the mooring blocks late last night & fairing was blown over. Will take a few weeks to repair."

A SpaceX representative independently confirmed to Business Insider that the top portion of the vehicle -- called the fairing or nosecone -- had fallen over because of high winds. The representative declined to comment further.

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