Elon Musk showed how SpaceX Starship test rocket looks like. Well, it looks like something that has come out of a retro sci-fi movie.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk offered the glimpse of the company’s Starship test flight rocket on January 11. The rocket is dubbed the “Hopper”. Elon Musk took to Twitter and wrote about Starship test rocket as well.
“Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering,” Musk tweeted, while posting an image of the vehicle on Thursday (January 11).
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
Twitter user Evelyn Arevalo shared a video on Twitter and wrote, “SpaceX first Starship Hopper under Texas Boca Chica Beach’s cloudy sky.”
Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@JaneidyEve) January 10, 2019
Now you must be wondering where did this Starship rocket come from. The Starship vehicle was formerly known as the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).
Straship rocket is a fully reusable vehicle designed to take humans and supplies to Mars and also to dramatically cut travel time within Earth, according to an IANS report.
This two-stage vehicle — composed of a Booster and a Ship — is designed to eventually replace the company’s Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and the Dragon spacecraft.
It is designed to service all Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars.
IANS reported that the Starship Hopper that Musk showcased will do suborbital vertical flight tests similar to the Falcon 9 Hopper back in 2013.
“Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section,” he added.
According to reports on the internet, Musk said that the company should have its first orbital prototype by June this year.