SpaceX’s Starship Mk1 prototype (left) stands next to one of the Falcon 1 rocket first stages at the company’s South Texas site. Image credit: SpaceX via Twitter
SpaceX will soon have a whole fleet of shiny silver Starship prototypes, if all goes according to plan.
On 28 September 2019, Elon Musk gave his annual update about Starship and Super Heavy, the reusable spacecraft and rocket, respectively, that the company is building to help colonise Mars.
The presentation took place at SpaceX’s South Texas site, near the village of Boca Chica, United States, and prominently featured the 50-metre (165-foot)-tall Starship Mk1 — the first full-size Starship prototype, whose assembly was completed just days before Musk’s talk. (One test-flight prototype preceded the Mk1 — a short and stubby vehicle called Starhopper, which was retired in late August 2019.)
SpaceX aims to launch the stainless-steel Mk1 on an uncrewed, 20-kilometre (12-mile)-high test flight in the next month or two, Musk said. And a much more ambitious jaunt should follow in relatively short order.
“I mean, this is going to sound totally nuts, but I think we want to try to reach orbit in less than six months,” Musk said on 28 ...