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.
I just heard. 50 mph winds broke the mooring blocks late last night & fairing was blown over. Will take a few weeks to repair.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 23, 2019