Elon Musk and SpaceX’s ambitious plans to reach around the moon and all the way to Mars require a large effin rocket. Now we know what it looks like.
Musk tweeted a picture on Thursday of a compound early version of SpaceX Starship, which was.
“Starship test flight rocket has just finished mounting on the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a render,” Musk wrote.
He first killed us in December with a picture of the prototype rocket under construction .
The mounted version looks like an Airstream stainless steel trailer with a space shuttle. A person or mannequin in a space color is nearby to give us a moderate scale. Starship is a monster.
Musk released a few details about the prototype: “This is for suborbital VTOL tests. The orbital version is higher, has thicker skins (will not wrinkle) and a smooth curving nostril.” VTOL stands for “vertical” start and landing “. Musk says that the body diameter of Starship is about 9 meters.
The SpaceX founder also retweeted a video used by Twitter user Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo showing the rocket from a running car window.
Musk says the first Starship orbital prototype will be made around June. The current version will be used for short “jumps” flights that send it up and then take it back to the test start and landing system.
The contractor has big plans for Starship. SpaceX has already sold awith a jumped launch date 2023. It will be interesting to follow along when Starship moves towards actual space travel.
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