As reported by [arstechnica]:
After spending months hammering together sheets of metal in a grassy Texas field, SpaceX's Star Hopper prototype has conducted its first launch test thursday evening, ascending untethered on its Raptor engines approximately 20 to 30 feet, and landing a few feet nearby. This is a remarkable achievement, but more is yet to come. The current development of the Starship Mk 1 is broken into two parts, the aft section that flew on thursday, and the upper half in development a few kilometers away down the Boca Chica Highway. The sections will be mated together in the coming weeks, and they have intentions to fly this Mk 1 vehicle within the next two to three months, with the goal of reaching 20 or 30 kilometers later in the year.
While much yet remains to be done, the pace so far is incredible. For the curious, you can watch a video of the StarHoppers short flight [here].