Winds blow over SpaceX rocket at Boca Chica Beach

Winds blow over SpaceX rocket at Boca Chica Beach

It "will take a few weeks to fix", Musk added.

The current test vehicle is 30 feet across and 180 feet tall.

Fortunately for SpaceX, the damage caused by the winds appears to have been confined to the fairing portion, which is like a large nosecone dominates the top of the spacecraft.

In November, the rocket was renamed from Big Falcon Rocket to Starship.

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Initial online speculation hoped the rocket had been placed on its side in preparation for the weather, but a Wednesday morning tweet from SpaceX founder Elon Musk confirmed the wind broke the mooring blocks and pushed the project back by "a few weeks".

Going by recent status updates and Musk's estimate of how long it will take to fix the fairing damage, we might finally see Starhopper fly sometime in March.

Chris Bergin, the managing editor of NASASpaceFlight.com, posted an image on Twitter of the damage. Musk and Gwynne Shotwell, the president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, call the ship the "test hopper" because it's not created to launch to Mars or even into orbit around Earth.

Mr Musk had previously indicated that the test rocket could be ready for trial flights within four weeks, but admitted it could be as long as eight weeks when unforeseen issues are factored in. Instead, the somewhat crude and windowless ship will rocket on "hops" that go no more than about five kilometres in the air, according to UJS Federal Communications Commission documents. Musk said in an interview with Popular Mechanics published this week that there were two reasons why this material was chosen: low price and high strength. He said that rocketship would have "thicker skins (won't wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section".

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