Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Elon Musk’s Vision of the Future Looks a Lot Like the Past

Elon Musk’s Vision of the Future Looks a Lot Like the Past

Some initially believed that the rocket would feature the company's Raptor engines at its base, which Musk verified by noting that the engines now attached to the ship are "a blend of Raptor development & operational parts". It was also believed that the rocket would be able to carry hundreds of passengers or store hundreds of tons of cargo to Mars and back. The rocket and vehicle together were previously called the BFR, but Musk recently changed the name. Over the weekend, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared on Twitter on Saturday morning (Jan 5) that the flight-test version of the Starship vehicle could be ready to embark on its first excursion in just a few weeks. The company also reportedly plans to replace their current Falcon and Falcon Heavy rockets with this starship model in the near future, making the success of the hopper extremely important to the company. This test vehicle is shorter and lacks the windows of the production ship that will eventually go into production. As per the tweet by Elon Must, 'Starship test vehicle under assembly will look similar to this illustration when finished.

Musk tweeted out the photo at the end of December, captioning it simply, 'Stainless Steel Starship'.

'I will do a full technical presentation of Starship after the test vehicle we're building in Texas flies, so hopefully March/April, ' he added. He intends to carry out testing of Starship hopper within the next four weeks and also told that the primary hopper engine is most likely to fire next month as well.

'Unlike Atlas, Starship is buckling stable on launchpad even when unpressurized, ' Musk said. The ship is 30 feet across, the same as the final vehicle, according to Engadget.

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