SpaceX Starship latest: Elon Musk unveils clearest view yet Of Three Raptor engines
New SpaceX Starship rocket stands ready for Elon Musk’s big Saturday show
SpaceX’s Starship, the vehicle designed to send humans to the surface of moon, Mars and other distant destinations, is coming together at speed.
Elon Musk is doling out more and more details about SpaceX’s next Starship prototype ahead of his big presentation this weekend.
On Saturday (Sept. 28), Musk will reveal the latest design of SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy. The presentation will take place at SpaceX’s South Texas facilities near the village of Boca Chica, where the company is building a Starship prototype called the Mark 1. SpaceX aims to fly this vehicle for the first time next month, on an uncrewed test jaunt that will reach an altitude of about 12 miles (20 kilometers), Musk has said.
The Starship is the most ambitious rocket SpaceX has ever built. It uses the Raptor engine, which uses liquid oxygen and methane as its fuel, that will enable astronauts to set up propellant depots on other planets to harvest resources and refuel.
The final versions of SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy could start flying very soon, by the way. SpaceX representatives have said that the duo’s first commercial flights, which will likely loft communications satellites, may launch as early as 2021 and a trip around the moon in 2023, but from there the company is aiming to establish a city on Mars and potentially venture out further by establishing propellant depots along the way.
It all starts with the Starship prototype, set to be unveiled on the anniversary of SpaceX reaching orbit for the first time back in 2008.
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