TechnologyElon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it's glorious

11:05  11 january  2019
11:05  11 january  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Elon Musk says a 'radical change' is coming to SpaceX's monster Mars rocket design

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It ' s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. — Elon Musk , SpaceX . SpaceX 's Starship and Super Heavy Rocket represent a fully reusable transportation system designed to service all Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars.

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Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it's glorious© Elon Musk

A SpaceX Starship prototype is assembled.

Elon Musk and SpaceX's ambitious plans to reach around the moon and all the way to Mars require a big effin' rocket. Now we know what it looks like.

Musk tweeted out an image on Thursday of an assembled early version of the SpaceX Starship, which was once known in polite company as the Big Falcon Rocket.

"Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering," Musk wrote.

He first teased us in December with an image of the prototype rocket under construction.

The assembled version looks like a stainless-steel Airstream trailer mated with a space shuttle. A person or mannequin in a spacesuit stands nearby to give us a sense of scale. Starship is a monster.

SpaceX BFR has a new name: Starship

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Elon Musk has unveiled plans for a new spacecraft that he says would allow his company SpaceX to colonise Mars, build a base on the moon, and allow Musk says the company hopes to have the first launch by 2022, and then have four flying to Mars by 2024. Last year Musk proposed an earlier plan

Elon Musk 's company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon. Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42 But it is reliant on a rocket that has not been built yet, and Mr Musk cautioned: " It ' s not 100% certain we can bring this to flight."

Musk dropped a few more details about the prototype: "This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won't wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section." VTOL stands for "vertical take-off and landing." Musk says the body diameter of Starship is about 30 feet (9 meters).

Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it's glorious© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. starship

The SpaceX founder also retweeted a video taken by Twitter user Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo showing the rocket as seen out of a car window driving by.

Musk says the first Starship orbital prototype should be done around June. The current version will be used for short "hopper" flights that send it up and then bring it back down to test launch and landing systems.

The entrepreneur has big plans for Starship. SpaceX already sold out avoyage around the moon with a hoped-for launch date in 2023. It will be interesting to follow along as Starship moves toward actual space travel.

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