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Starhopper — SpaceX's first Mars Starship prototype — hovers over its launchpad during a test flight in Boca Chica, Texas, on August 27, 2019.

The FAA made SpaceX boost its accident insurance 33-fold, to $100 million, before Starhopper’s last launch. Here’s why.

The Federal Aviation Administration is supposed to keep the public safe, yet also help private companies like SpaceX. Insurance helps bridge the gap.
SpaceX's Mars Starship prototype "Starhopper" hovers over its launchpad during a test flight in Boca Chica

SpaceX’s Starhopper rocket ship soars nearly 500 feet over South Texas — a key step in Elon Musk’s quest to reach Mars

Starhopper also used its single Raptor rocket engine to fly over to a beachside landing pad a few hundred feet away and gently touch down.
SpaceX's Starhopper rocket ship prototype launches on its first free flight near Boca Chica, Texas, on July 25, 2019.

Police sent explosion warnings to residents near SpaceX’s South Texas launch site ahead of an experimental rocket flight

Sheriffs gave a notice to residents of Boca Chica on Saturday that warns an "overpressure event" may break windows, so they should vacate their homes.
SpaceX's earliest Mars rocket ship prototype, called Starhopper, sits on a launchpad after its first launch in April 2019.

SpaceX may ‘cannibalize’ its first Mars rocket-ship prototype in Elon Musk’s race to launch Starship

Starhopper is a stubby rocket-ship test vehicle that Elon Musk's company SpaceX built in Texas. But after a few flights, its work may be done.
Brush fires burn in the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Refuge near Boca Chica Village, Texas, following SpaceX's first flight of its Starhopper rocket ship prototype.

SpaceX’s launch of an experimental rocket ship set fire to about 100 acres of wildlife refuge in south Texas

The fires started by Starhopper, a prototype Mars rocket, initially seemed to be extinguished, but the flames rekindled and spread overnight.
SpaceX's Starhopper rocket ship prototype launches on its first free flight near Boca Chica, Texas, on July 25, 2019.

SpaceX just launched and landed a Mars spaceship prototype in a major test flight in Texas

The first true flight of the Starhopper vehicle lasted just a few seconds, but it's a key step in developing a rocket ship able to reach Mars.
SpaceX's Starhopper rocket ship prototype sits on a launch pad in south Texas in July 2019.

Watch live: SpaceX is about to launch a shiny Mars-rocket prototype on its first true flight

Before Elon Musk can build a city on Mars, he needs a ship to get there. SpaceX plans to launch the first prototype on Wednesday.
An aerial view of SpaceX's Starhopper rocket ship prototype after it aborted launch attempt from Boca Chica Beach, Texas, on July 24, 2019.

SpaceX tried to launch a Mars spaceship prototype on its first big flight, but the test abruptly ended after ignition

Wednesday's experimental launch was slated to take Starhopper on its first true flight, but Elon Musk said its rocket-engine propellant got too cold.
A fireball engulfs SpaceX's Starhopper rocket ship during a static fire test on July 16, 2019.

A huge fireball briefly swallowed SpaceX’s Mars rocket prototype, but Elon Musk says there is ‘no major damage’

SpaceX test-fired a small rocket ship called Starhopper on Tuesday. A fireball erupted around the vehicle a few minutes after the test-firing ended.
SpaceX's earliest Mars rocket ship prototype, called Starhopper, sits on a launchpad after its first launch in April 2019.

Elon Musk says SpaceX is about to launch a Mars rocket prototype. Here’s what we know about Starhopper’s biggest launch yet in south Texas...

Elon Musk's rocket company wants to see if its latest Raptor rocket engine can propel a steel rocket ship 65 feet in the air, hover, and safely land.