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18:50  05 august  2019
18:50  05 august  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk had promised that he'd unveil the latest Starship design changes after the vehicle's stubby test-flight prototype, known as Starhopper, completed its first untethered hop. That milestone occurred last week at SpaceX's South Texas facility in Boca Chica

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His comments follow the completion of a NASA assessment which could see the vehicle take astronauts back to the moon and potentially to Mars.

Commenting on Twitter, the SpaceX founder said the update would take place on 24 August from Boca Chica, where the company has been testing a prototype of Starship.

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He said the announcement would include a "detailed review of the first orbital Starship, explaining the pros & cons of each design decision".

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It follows a draft environmental assessment for Starship - which is the crew-module and upper stage of the new spacecraft - and the Super Heavy launch vehicle taking off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

The assessment said that SpaceX would be required to build additional infrastructure near to the landing facility for the reusable rocket in Cape Canaveral.

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It was completed after Mr Musk claimed it would be easier for his company to just land on the moon than try to convince NASA it is up to the task.

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Musk said the update would take place in Boca Chica, an unincorporated area along the southern Long-time employees have likened his interest and intensity to the first years of the company, when The orbital version of Starship will ultimately fly on six Raptor engines. The flight of that vehicle into

Musk has put Starship development on overdrive. On November 17 he tweeted that SpaceX First off, he brings up the fact that Musk ’s plan has little regard for NASA ’s “planetary protection” rules. SpaceX Starship : Specifications. When Musk announced Maezawa would be Starship ’s first private

Starship is the company's new spacecraft, which at the moment is only completing sub-orbital flights or "hops" - racing high into the atmosphere before landing back on Earth.

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Musk promises Starship update after NASA interest

The orbital version will work in conjunction with SpaceX's new rocket booster called the Super Heavy.

This configuration is also taller, has thicker skins which will not wrinkle when exposed to the pressure of orbital flight, and also has a smoothly curving nose section.

The spacecraft has been troubled this year, with a prototype being toppled and damaged by high winds in Texas back in January.

A blaze at the experimental facility in California earlier this month caused up to $100,000 (£80,000) damage to equipment and infrastructure.

Marking the 50th anniversary since the Apollo 11 mission in which humans first stepped onto the moon, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine told Sky News the agency planned to send a woman to the moon in 2024.

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