Yes, that is indeed shiny! In a post on Twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared an image of the assembled early version of the humongous Starship.
Musk’s plans are quite ambitious, as he wants to send this spacecraft around the moon and his next big mission would be to send it to Mars. But for his dreams to come true, he needed a big freaking rocket. So here it is, the SpaceX Starship which was once called 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 on Twitter.
Starship Versions – The Orbital One Will Be Taller
Back in December, he teased the public with an image of the rocket being under construction. This monster of a spacecraft looks like an Airstream trailer made from stainless steel. In his posts, Musk added a few details about the prototype rocket:
“This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section.”
VTOL is the abbreviation of the terms “vertical take-off and landing.” Finally, Musk adds that the Starship’s body diameter is almost 9 meters (30 feet).
Musk also retweeted a video posted by Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo on Twitter where it showed how the rocket looked from inside a car driving by. She also took some photographs to show how big the spacecraft is:
According to Musk, the first Starship orbital prototype might be finished by June. This prototype will be used for short “hopper” flights where the team will send it up and down to test the systems designed for launch and landing.
Starship is meant to launch in 2023 when it begins its first voyage around the moon. The trip has been already sold out to a billionaire Japanese who intends to take artists with him and inspire them.
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