Winds blow over SpaceX rocket at Boca Chica Beach

The SpaceX Starship Hopper fell at the launch site on Boca Chica Beach. It is believed the high winds caused the collapse. (Courtesy: BocaChicaGirl)

SpaceX’s Starship Hopper prototype, recently completed at the Boca Chica launch site east of Brownsville and awaiting test flights, was no match for the Rio Grande Valley wind last night, with the upper section of the rocket sustaining damage after it blew over.

The company’s CEO and chief designer, Elon Musk, tweeted Wednesday morning that 50-mph winds broke the craft’s mooring blocks late last night and allowed the rocket’s fairing to topple over. He tweeted that repairs will take “a few weeks.”

The upper section of the rocket was already detached from the booster when it blew it over.

The SpaceX Starship Hopper fell at the launch site on Boca Chica Beach. It is believed the high winds caused the collapse. (Courtesy: BocaChicaGirl)