What is SpaceX's StarHopper for?! What is SpaceX doing in Boca Chica Texas?

  • Published on Jan 9, 2019
  • SpaceX is building a massive massive new rocket down in Boca Chica Texas that will never make it to space. No, this isn’t clickbait, this particular rocket will never go to space. Because it’s not designed to.
    This is just a hopper version of their upcoming starship, that some people are calling StarHopper, and at first, this thing will likely only fly a few meters at most. But don’t get me wrong, of course when the actual Starship goes online, I fully expect it to make it to space!
    So today we’re going to do a quick history on SpaceX’s previous fleet of hoppers, why they build them, what this one is going to accomplish and then we’ll build a version in Kerbal Space Program and demonstrate what we’ll hopefully see the StarHopper do in 2019!
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  • Andrew Meyer
    Andrew Meyer 5 months ago +909

    Haha, now there's a title. Super-clickbaity to anyone who doesn't know about Starhopper, but at the same time completely accurate and not even particularly surprising to anyone who's been keeping up with SpaceX.

    • Shoots Productions
      Shoots Productions 3 months ago

      He might be a flat Earther.

    • t H
      t H 5 months ago +2

      @P. A. nailed it

    • Carlos_A_M
      Carlos_A_M 5 months ago +2

      @P. A. of course it says the video is not clickbait because the title and thumbnail explain how he is talking about the newest spacex ship, the star hopper.

    • P. A.
      P. A. 5 months ago +2

      @Carlos_A_M Because it is. And the fact that the very first thing mentioned in the video was how the headline wasn't a clickbait only proves my point. Consider my first comment a friendly warning (wink). But seriously we're wasting energy on discussing the obvious. I didn't start the thread. Wasn't even going to. @Everyday Astronaut does fantastic job, and that's what we should take from it, right?

    • farvision
      farvision 5 months ago +4

      Ok, so how do you keep up with SpaceX?

    TERA MERA MEME Day ago +1

    What's his obsession with ksp

      TERA MERA MEME Day ago +1

      @Everyday Astronaut thanks for the reply ..sorry for being rude

    • Everyday Astronaut
      Everyday Astronaut  Day ago +1

      It’s a fantastic way to visually reference things and interact with the physics. It’s perfect for examples like this

  • Anirudh Sathiya
    Anirudh Sathiya 11 days ago

    That "ahem" in 1:51 lmfaoooo

  • Roy
    Roy 11 days ago

    Can you tell us a little more about spacesuit design, your one makes your bum look massive, I'm sure they must have improved them....

    • Everyday Astronaut
      Everyday Astronaut  11 days ago

      The reason mine makes my bum look massive is because there’s these big gloves in there at all times. But yeah that’d be a fun topic

  • Alex Onthebeach
    Alex Onthebeach 23 days ago

    I use to enjoy your videos but this time out of 22 minutes we learned just nothing. I would avoid the « plenty of videos » and focus on the quality, not quantity. Cheers man.

    • Everyday Astronaut
      Everyday Astronaut  23 days ago

      Wow... I’m honestly surprised to hear this. I’ve been working on a single 50 minute long video for the past three months. I’m focusing on quality wayyyyy over quantity lately and I never add fluff to my videos. This video in particular should’ve had a fair amount of new things for some people new to SpaceX and confused by StarHopper. Sorry if it didn’t have information that was new to you. I always try and find something new for myself in each video, so I’m sorry if I didn’t deliver on this one.

  • Steel Spyder
    Steel Spyder Month ago

    Big Falcon *cough* Rocket!

  • KDSwales
    KDSwales Month ago

    So, where will the real StarHopper be built and tested????

  • Eugene Minton
    Eugene Minton Month ago

    what do you think about arca and its aerospike engine project?

  • Imad
    Imad Month ago

    What would happen if Musk starts doing retro cars and modern starships?

  • Dennis Wächter
    Dennis Wächter Month ago

    Hey there, just a short question. Why isn't there a Text-Version of this video on everydayastronaut.com ? I need to quote some things that you said for a school project, but they only want us to quote from texts, not from videos.
    As most of your other videos are on the website, I just wanted to know why this one isn't. Thanks a lot!

  • Mass india
    Mass india Month ago

    Mars mission ll destroy, SpaceX.

  • Potatoblues
    Potatoblues 2 months ago

    Godamnit, thought this was a new video.

  • Tyler Knight
    Tyler Knight 2 months ago

    I love finding channels like this and AntsCanada which cover stuff i know nothing about but make super interesting and understandable videos. Well Done bois.

  • Isaac Clark
    Isaac Clark 2 months ago +1

    Will always be the BFR in our hearts

  • KDSwales
    KDSwales 2 months ago

    Why Boca Texas? Will this one day, ten to 50 years later, replace Cape Canaveral in Florida? Will rockets one day launch from Texas, over the Gulf Of Mexico? Is the weather better there, meaning less delays?

  • sumerbc
    sumerbc 2 months ago

    They show us rockets...... when they are already in space with full anti gravity drive craft.... and the masses don't even notice... brilliant propaganda....

  • Stickto YourDrums
    Stickto YourDrums 2 months ago

    I wonder if Elon has artificial gravity ideas swirling around in that mind of his.

  • Hao-Tsun Kuo
    Hao-Tsun Kuo 2 months ago

    I thought the title says China lol

  • Real
    Real 2 months ago

    Watching the landing of Falcon 9 NEVER gets old. As a 35yr old, that was pure fantasy growing up.
    Kids growing up now (or my two children) will know no other way than to land rockets. Which is crazy.

  • KingLutherQ
    KingLutherQ 2 months ago

    Nice story! Is it me or Everyday Astronaut is much cooler these days?

  • Mr5thWave
    Mr5thWave 2 months ago

    So I got here by watching your vid of the 3/26 first time ignition of the Hopper. Wow. This video is such a great teaching tool of the test program. What really blows me away is how SpaceX has gone back to the design of the V-2 essentially. I was born in 1954, so I was glued to the TV watching the first manned flight of Scott Shepherd, and every spaceflight since then. But now we're back to the sci-fi design of 1950's Hollywood movies. It's great! I don't know if it's more tech or just human design that this couldn't be accomplished earlier, but seeing private enterprise fill the void of manned missions, 75 years after we first crawled into space, is the most exciting development in my lifetime! And it's taken me back to Robert Heinlein.

  • gal adato
    gal adato 2 months ago

    Why in the launch of a spx-dm mission? 1 The super draco engine nozzles look white, but when he docking on the International Space Station, they are black even though the super Draco engines have not been activated?

  • Reth Tard
    Reth Tard 2 months ago

    What?! You don't know how to do a suicide burn in KSP??
    I'm now considering unsubbing... :P

  • Fornax
    Fornax 2 months ago

    Sweet Jesus, thank god he's ditched the orange suite and stopped pretending to be a moron! This is literally the first everyday astronaut video I have been able to sit through. Liked.

    • Fornax
      Fornax 2 months ago

      @Everyday Astronaut Absolutely. I really enjoyed this episode. Good decision. The slightly more serious format probably appeals to a wider audience.

    • Everyday Astronaut
      Everyday Astronaut  2 months ago

      I’ve done so for almost 9 months or so now 😉 enjoy the new, slightly more serious format 👌

  • DL R
    DL R 2 months ago

    NASA is FAKE

  • Lauren Anon
    Lauren Anon 2 months ago

    you talk too much.

  • Jay K
    Jay K 2 months ago

    You got me nice and ready to throw rocks on you #TeamDzaddyMusk

  • Rafael Gonçalves
    Rafael Gonçalves 2 months ago

    What about the Falcon Heavy?

  • Art Smith
    Art Smith 2 months ago

    SpaceX will officially close State Hwy 4 (which runs right through the launch site) and Boca Chica beach on 20 March from 10 am to 4 pm.
    Backup dates are 21 or 22 March at the same time. This first test is likely to be a hold down test of the engine or possibly an actual flight to 500 meters (less likely). In either case San Antonio/Austin Tesla owners considering a trip down there would not be able see anything from South Padre Island (the nearest viewing site 5 miles away) so we will not attempt a trip down there until later.

  • Merion
    Merion 2 months ago

    They actually call it Starship? But this is not a starship. (Starships are interstellar.) How will they call a real starship? Galaxyship?

    • Merion
      Merion 2 months ago

      ​@Everyday Astronaut Car, airplane, submarine and even starship are vehicle types but there's no such vehicle type as starliner. That's more like a brand name.
      You know, we don't call anything "time machine" unless that's a time machine.
      But it's not up to you, just an overthinking by me. Keep up the good work! 🤘🏼 :)
      Btw, off-topic! I've just had a great readings, a little mystic but also very inspiring sci-fi book about an astrophysics professor who revolutionises space travel (and reveal a mystery and more exciting sci-fi things, placed into a present-days set, that's just dramaturgy…). Title is "Ammara". I can recommend it to you, I'm sure you, as a space-nerd just like me, would also enjoy it. 😊
      (non-English user)

    • Everyday Astronaut
      Everyday Astronaut  2 months ago

      What about Starliner? Don’t they all go to “the stars” or even our star?... or how about Dreamliner? Call Boeing and complain that it doesn’t fly to a single dream. It’s just a name 🤷‍♂️

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  • James Lake
    James Lake 3 months ago

    Star ship is meant to be built to transport to mars when it is civilized by humans yes it will go to space but in the future and in test flights

  • 9 year old army
    9 year old army 3 months ago +1

    am I seeing a cowboy

  • camo man
    camo man 3 months ago

    I wonder if that rainwater tank will make it into deap space

  • MR.Freeman
    MR.Freeman 3 months ago

    Oh i thought the BFR stood for Big Freakin’ Rocket

  • Xolotl Morett
    Xolotl Morett 3 months ago

    So... i think it’s “obsloeto” this video... but a nice one! This is the beauty about technology! Cheers mate!

    • Everyday Astronaut
      Everyday Astronaut  3 months ago +2

      Nothing about this is outdated yet! StarHopper still won’t go to space. Just hop 👍

  • MonkeyPants676
    MonkeyPants676 3 months ago

    I’m new to the channel and subbed immediately I knew as soon as I clicked that this channel would be informative and useful for my love for rockets

  • Bob Bailes
    Bob Bailes 3 months ago

    Landing like that definitely was the single biggest exciting thing also for me at 66 years old

  • Jashan Bola
    Jashan Bola 3 months ago

    They went into space

  • Sean Crees
    Sean Crees 3 months ago

    Looks like a stainless steel dildo.

  • Sumthin Cool
    Sumthin Cool 3 months ago

    News flash it went to space

    • Everyday Astronaut
      Everyday Astronaut  3 months ago +2

      Watch the video... it’s about StarHopper. StarHopper won’t go to space, it’s not meant to go to space. If you’re referring to DM-1, I was there 😉 I’m aware of its mission 👍

  • Michael Dundee
    Michael Dundee 3 months ago

    Ty for your enthusiasm..little bit of an information overload but I'm getting pretty excited about the space program

  • Michael Dundee
    Michael Dundee 3 months ago

    5:25 nice view of a coming in with a master steam device pointed at it

  • Rafael Varon
    Rafael Varon 3 months ago

    Its the big fcking rocket

  • Rhys Ablen
    Rhys Ablen 3 months ago

    In 3 Am

    • Everyday Astronaut
      Everyday Astronaut  3 months ago

      I was there. This has literally nothing to do with Crew Dragon and falcon 9. May I suggest watching the video before you comment?

  • Rhys Ablen
    Rhys Ablen 3 months ago

    The rocket just fly to the orbit

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    Rhys Ablen 3 months ago


  • Bitterrootman32 Honor
    Bitterrootman32 Honor 3 months ago

    So it is click bait.

  • YoBoi GeneralMike
    YoBoi GeneralMike 3 months ago

    1:25 Did I just hear... *skin?*

  • Amir Hamza Himel
    Amir Hamza Himel 3 months ago


  • Adrian Young
    Adrian Young 3 months ago

    hey. it went to space

  • Carl Cushman Hybels
    Carl Cushman Hybels 3 months ago

    The Starhopper looks very much like the 1950's imagined view of what Space Rockets would look like!! (See, Google 1950's view of rockets, future, old Popular Science illus and old children's book illustrations -of projected space travel... "You Could Go To the Moon One Day")

  • Hubert J Farnsworth
    Hubert J Farnsworth 3 months ago +1

    oh fuff that's only because Elon is an idiot. I have a fully functioning rocket ship that can fly anywhere in the galaxy.

  • P L D
    P L D 4 months ago

    Awful clickbaity for you to mention it's not clickbait.. I agree with the guy below

  • Brian 716
    Brian 716 4 months ago

    Big F!!!in Rocket. BFR

  • Barry Bend
    Barry Bend 4 months ago +1

    Elon must have been watching too much classic Thunderbirds.

  • Barry Bend
    Barry Bend 4 months ago +3

    KSP = spaceships for dummies.

  • Joshua Palmer
    Joshua Palmer 4 months ago

    So I am trying to keep up with Space X, Just noticed I had not subscribed? Anyhoo very cool of you to keep up with news, and definetly cool of you to shout out the other Space X TheXvidrs.....

  • Humphery89 YT
    Humphery89 YT 4 months ago

    “You will probably see this pretty soon” ten seconds later *lands on vehicle assembly building*
    Elon yes that was so cool how your team programmed a rocket to land on top of a 536 foot tall building

  • Ballwiz 23
    Ballwiz 23 4 months ago

    Soo that moving ball in the back of the room Anybody have any idea what that thing is called?

  • Stefen Chapman
    Stefen Chapman 4 months ago

    You would have to reinforce and add a heat shield to land on a building.

  • Gustav
    Gustav 4 months ago

    This isnt the stage two of BFR that elon has chosen to make out of stainless steel instead of carbon fiber?

  • Kody Sauvé
    Kody Sauvé 4 months ago

    Would it not make the booster much easier to control if they were to install enclosed directional thrusters at the nose and base of the unit ?

  • Opportunity In China
    Opportunity In China 4 months ago

    I'd like to see their transcontinental flight plans come to fruition. My 14 hour flights from Chicago to Shanghai are less than pleasant.

  • Gerry Ljung
    Gerry Ljung 4 months ago

    More excellent content! Thanks!

  • Steven Clanton
    Steven Clanton 4 months ago

    No its called the super heavy starship

  • hev gamer
    hev gamer 4 months ago

    will they build a booster hopper too? or will they use the data of this hopper to build both the space ship and the booster?

  • M K
    M K 4 months ago

    Elon Is God, And He Knows Everything And Co Do Anything

  • Grh Haddybow
    Grh Haddybow 4 months ago


  • SkiddlyBinx
    SkiddlyBinx 4 months ago +1

    If only you were as good at clickbaiting as you are at licking Elons immaculate cornhole

  • Matteo Maps
    Matteo Maps 4 months ago

    Sorry to say but it IS clickbait

  • Iron Bear
    Iron Bear 4 months ago

    You actually believe this stuff?

  • hugh hempner
    hugh hempner 4 months ago

    more insults and embarrassment

  • SFS 2.0
    SFS 2.0 4 months ago

    starhopper fell over ;c

  • N&W 2156 Y6a
    N&W 2156 Y6a 4 months ago

    I think we all know what BFR really stands for

  • Youtuber Accneeded
    Youtuber Accneeded 4 months ago

    Create a runway first for landing in Mars in first missions in which astronauts would land in starship then in commercial missions send the starship part like a shuttle to land. It would be much cheaper. We can return same way by building a superheavy rocket from the first starship used.

  • Bill Housley
    Bill Housley 4 months ago

    I was pretty sure we were going to see an explosion when missed the helipad with one of the legs.
    Kerbal definitely needs to dial up the explosions though. ;-)

  • EthoTheBoss C
    EthoTheBoss C 4 months ago

    So we should call it the S.S.H. (Starship, Super, Heavy)

  • Nathaniel Webb
    Nathaniel Webb 4 months ago

    This video helps confirm that the "Apollo lunar lander" is a joke. I knew it anyway because there was no way they could transmit a video signal all the way from the moon. Anyway, look at all the Space X hoppers rocket plume and how much dust and debris it generates at take off and landing. You want a good laugh??? TheXvid lunar lander take off ha ha ha what a joke!

    • Nathaniel Webb
      Nathaniel Webb 4 months ago

      @Sebastian Nolte please youtube, lunar lander takeoff from the moon... Atmosphere or not, you tell me in 2019 that those are real images of a space craft lifting off.. Come on look it up

    • Sebastian Nolte
      Sebastian Nolte 4 months ago +1

      You know, that there is no atmosphere on the moon?

  • Cloxxki
    Cloxxki 4 months ago

    What's the point of tiny platforms? The challenge? With costly crafts, you'd want to maximize safe recovery, surely? I can imagine rings coming inward to the platform to prevent toppling.

  • Cloxxki
    Cloxxki 4 months ago

    Do they test anything at small scale? Seems that would ask a lot from sensors and software as miniature crafts seem to be much more instable?

  • barkbarkatthemoon
    barkbarkatthemoon 4 months ago

    click bait

  • fittutube
    fittutube 4 months ago

    Elon Musk just invented the T virus. It is to be tested in Africa with minimum damage to the civilized world.

  • Yourname Here
    Yourname Here 4 months ago

    so your saying that all those stupid Ed Wood sci fi movies were correct in their scientific concepts of what a space ship should look like?
    If Ed Wood was right then I don't want to live anymore.

  • Dave Patrick
    Dave Patrick 4 months ago

    Space. What a joke

  • Oliver Squid
    Oliver Squid 4 months ago

    NASA has nothing in space x,well except for that moon landing thing...

  • 2drunksracing
    2drunksracing 4 months ago

    That was a Grain silo, not a water tower. I especially like the fake pick of the super silver rocket from the 50s then switch to this dented up rocket that looks like its wrapped in tinfoil.

  • Reid Jordan
    Reid Jordan 4 months ago

    Tim, if spacex tried to land a rocket on a building, I don't think there would be a building to land on anymore.

  • Geeky
    Geeky 4 months ago

    The first space shuttle never went into orbit either, so anyone who complains just needs to be patient. Its standerd practice to test full scale prototypes first with each version designed to go higher and further until you have a fully functional prototype. It's why I hate when people hype up digital animations but show no functioning or even non functioning prototype.

  • Super BottleBros
    Super BottleBros 4 months ago

    you liked every one of Elon's tweets

  • Voytek Zeglin
    Voytek Zeglin 4 months ago

    Click bait scam.

  • Dhabith Bmx
    Dhabith Bmx 4 months ago

    THE BFR to mars

    TOP GAMER SITES 4 months ago

    the rocket engine of the STARSHIP HOPPER is to close to the landing gear will heat afect the landing gear structural interity ?

  • Md. Idris Ali Pramanik
    Md. Idris Ali Pramanik 4 months ago +1

    So in short they are learning to walk before run

  • dave m
    dave m 4 months ago

    When they are one with Starhopper Elon should donate the shell to a park or attraction

  • nareiman roshandel
    nareiman roshandel 4 months ago

    برو بمیر مردک خیال پرداز

  • fred ned gold
    fred ned gold 4 months ago

    a lot off topic but the things i think about are they are now saying that the universe is expanding correcting old theory that it shrinking but i was thinking is it possible that the universe is tidal

  • FPV Style Racer
    FPV Style Racer 4 months ago

    You got. me 😉

  • Ikethespike03
    Ikethespike03 4 months ago

    Why I don’t keep up with this stuff more? Idk. Prob cuz school takes forever... but oh well it will be worth it :p