Elon Musk’s Mars rocket takes shape

Lloyd Doyle
January 11, 2019

"Aiming for four weeks, which probably means eight weeks, due to unforeseen issues", Musk said in a tweet on Saturday.

The image here come from Elon Musk and is concept art of the Starship test vehicle SpaceX is now assembling at its Boca Chica, Texas launch facility. Some initially believed that the rocket would feature the company's Raptor engines at its base, which Musk verified by noting that the engines now attached to the ship are "a blend of Raptor development & operational parts".

The test launch of Starship hopper will validate the design of the rocket, its performance at supersonic speeds, and its ability to deal with the cryogenic environment of space. The picture shows the vehicle with a smooth metallic finish, but lacking windows. The rocket and vehicle together were previously called the BFR, but Musk recently changed the name. It is also going to be 30 ft wide and much taller than the prototype which will be serving as the test-mule. Musk tweeted last week that the engines on the Starship hopper prototype "are a blend of Raptor development & operational parts".

SpaceX is developing Starship alongside their Super Heavy rocket to ferry humans to and from the moon, Mars, and even potentially other locations in the solar system.

In the future, Starship will be able to carry out lunar missions as well as long-distance flights to Mars and beyond. The construction cost of the spacecraft is estimated at $5 billion.

Yesterday, Elon Musk once again took to Twitter to give us a sneak peek at the prototype of The Starship, SpaceX's flagship spaceship.

SpaceX shared new details about the 387ft rocket in September, saying it hopes to begin unmanned launch tests of the spacecraft in late 2019.

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