13Jan2019

Elon Musk Shares Photo of SpaceX’s First Starship

The recent news suggest that SpaceX’s Starship is much closer to its final stages now . Yesterday, CEO Elon Musk shared a photo of the rocket  ina tweet, and it appears to be like something straight out of a science-fiction film.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Saturday in a tweet posted an “illustration” of what the company’s Starship test vehicle, which is currently being assembled, will look like when finished. “Operation Starship will obviously have windows,” Musk added. SpaceX intends to launch the 30-foot-wide test vehicle in next few months to suborbital heights to prove the viability of Starship’s orbital missions.

Elon Musk also made public more information on the rocket in a follow-up tweet:

“This is for suborbital VTOL [vertical take-off and landing] tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section.” VTOL (suborbital) tests might be accomplished as soon as February, according to SpaceX.

After completion of VTOL tests , SpaceX has several other plans for Starship. For space travel, SpaceX will use the rocket for manned missions to the Moon in 2023 and ultimately to Mars in 2024. This will also transform the transportation system here on Earth and ultimately helping moving people from one part of the Earth to any other in less than an hour.

But for now it seems like the suborbital variant is just about ready to go for tests and with this the future of SpaceX looks promising.

Added Details: It’s no secret that SpaceX has been constructing its Starship test vehicle — it’s easy for curious onlookers to snap photos. But what will it look like when it’s finished? You don’t have to wonder. Elon Musk has posted concept artwork showing what the completed vehicle will look like. It’s surprisingly pretty for a prototype, if borrowing more than a few cues from 1950s sci-fi with its gleaming stainless steel body.

The test mule will be 30 feet across like the completed Starship, but it’ll be shorter & will unsurprisingly go without windows. It’s intended to fly suborbital ‘Grasshopper’ flights & prove that the basic formula is sound before moving on to orbital missions in 2020.

You might not have to wait long to see how well the concept lines up with reality. SpaceX currently expects to fly the test craft sometime in March or April, or about half a year earlier than first thought. While you’ll still have to be patient before you have a glimpse at the finished Starship, this is a good a sign as any that SpaceX’s plans are solidifying.

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