SpaceX’s Starhopper prototype has completed its final flight test (video)

SpaceX’s Starhopper prototype has completed its second and final flight test, lifting off to an apogee of roughly 150m (500 ft) before nailing the bullseye on a landing pad adjacent to the launch mount.

From start to finish, Starhopper spent almost a full minute (~57 seconds) in flight, showing off the first-ever public view of a Raptor engine plume in daylight.

According to CEO Elon Musk, this was the unusual Starship testbed’s final flight and the vehicle is now set headed for retirement and modification into a stationary Raptor test stand as SpaceX prepares for the imminent flight debuts of two similar Starship prototypes, known as Mk1 (Texas) and Mk2 (Florida).