Elon Musk Releases a Photo of His Latest Rocket, And It’s Straight of Science Fiction

Elon Musk has published a photo of an experimental rocket meant to help him achieve his mission of conquering Mars. After teasing the spaceship …

Elon Musk has published a photo of an experimental rocket meant to help him achieve his mission of conquering Mars.

After teasing the spaceship earlier this month, Musk posted a picture of the vehicle – dubbed the “test hopper” – in real life on Friday from SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering. pic.twitter.com/k1HkueoXaz

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019

As Business Insider’s Dave Mosher noted earlier this month, the rocket carries the test-hopper moniker because it is not designed to orbit the Earth. Instead, the windowless ship will rocket on “hops” that propel it no more than about 16,400 feet in the air.

In simple terms, it’s an experimental vehicle whose successes (or failures) will inform how SpaceX works toward a full-scale, orbit-ready prototype of Starship, which could one day ferry up to 100 people and 150 tons of cargo to Mars.

In a tweet explaining the rocket, Musk made clear it was for “suborbital” tests. The orbital version will be “taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section,” Musk added. The operational ship will also have windows. In a tweet earlier this month, Musk said the rocket would run its first test in four to eight weeks, nearly a year ahead of schedule.

Musk has said the final Starship rocket will look like “liquid silver” during the blazing-hot reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. But because of the test hopper’s imperfections, like the ridges between the steel panels, it already has a liquid silver shine.

SpaceX fans have also been posting images of the ship:

#SpaceX

pic.twitter.com/snpFuCwYy2

— Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@JaneidyEve) January 10, 2019

A full-scale Starship is scheduled to launch people for the first time in 2023. Musk has said he hopes to launch the first crews to Mars in the mid-2020s, perhaps as early as 2024, to arrive at the red planet in 2025.

He has described Starship as a “Tintin” rocket, referring to the 20th-century Belgian comics series. “I love the ‘Tintin’ rocket design, so I kind of wanted to bias it towards that,” he said during a press conference in September.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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SpaceX Starship test rocket is straight out of a retro sci-fi movie

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 …

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).

Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering. pic.twitter.com/k1HkueoXaz

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.”

SpaceX first Starship hopper under Texas Boca Chica Beach’s cloudy sky.@elonmusk#Starship#SpaceXpic.twitter.com/hVg5Ken7Vp

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.

Starship is fundamental in making system affordable | Render photo from SpaceX’s website

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.

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Musk shows off prototype of Mars-bound rocket but says SpaceX to shed 10% of workforce

“Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering,” he wrote on Thursday …

WASHINGTON/LOS, ANGELES – SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the first pictures of a retro-looking rocket that may one day carry people to the moon and Mars.

Musk posted pictures on Twitter of the Starship Hopper prototype, which awaits its first flight test in Texas in the coming weeks.

“Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering,” he wrote on Thursday night.

The prototype — built in Boca Chica, Texas, along the Gulf Coast — is 9 yards (8 meters) in diameter but is shorter than the future rocket will be. Its first test flights — suborbital “hops” — could come in March or April.

An orbital prototype is expected in June. That version will be paired with a massive rocket booster known as the Super Heavy.

SpaceX has said the duo could one day transport people from city to city, as well as propel passengers around the moon, to the lunar surface and even to Mars and back.

SpaceX currently launches regular supply missions to the International Space Station using its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule. It is now working on a new Dragon crew capsule that could start carrying people to the orbiting outpost later this year.

However, just a day after the announcement, SpaceX said it must lay off 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees.

Musk said in a statement: “To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations. This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team.”

He added that the trim was “only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.”

The Los Angeles Times, citing an email sent to employees on Friday, said the company was offering those affected a minimum of eight weeks’ pay and other benefits, including career coaching and assistance with resumes.

Also Friday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 communications satellites.

SpaceX makes most of its money from multibillion-dollar contracts with NASA and satellite launches. In November it won authorization from U.S. officials to put nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit to boost cheap wireless internet access by the 2020s.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the company was raising $500 million from investors to help launch its satellite internet service.

Musk has risen to prominence with a series of ambitious ventures, especially Tesla, which has boosted production of its Model 3 electric car and has continued to enjoy strong demand for the vehicle.

Other Musk ventures include OpenAI, Neuralink and the Boring Co., which focuses on infrastructure and tunnels.

But Musk has also drawn plenty of criticism over unconventional and at times erratic behavior — after admitting last year that he has been struggling with exhaustion.

In an interview broadcast last month, Musk openly mocked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after agreeing to a $20 million fine to settle fraud charges the agency had brought over Musk’s quickly aborted effort to take Tesla private.

And in September, he raised eyebrows with an appearance on a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan, which saw him sip whiskey and smoke weed while musing at length about artificial intelligence, colonizing space, and the need to give love a chance.

Later that month, he was sued by a British caver who had helped rescue 12 boys trapped in Thailand after Musk called him a “pedo guy” and a “child rapist” after his proposal to use his miniature submarine to extract the boys was rejected.

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Elon Musk shows off prototype of Mars-bound rocket but says SpaceX to shed 10% of workforce

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES – SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the first pictures of a retro-looking rocket that may one day carry people to the …

WASHINGTON/LOS, ANGELES – SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the first pictures of a retro-looking rocket that may one day carry people to the moon and Mars.

Musk posted pictures on Twitter of the Starship Hopper prototype, which awaits its first flight test in Texas in the coming weeks.

“Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering,” he wrote on Thursday night.

The prototype — built in Boca Chica, Texas, along the Gulf Coast — is 9 yards (8 meters) in diameter but is shorter than the future rocket will be. Its first test flights — suborbital “hops” — could come in March or April.

An orbital prototype is expected in June. That version will be paired with a massive rocket booster known as the Super Heavy.

SpaceX has said the duo could one day transport people from city to city, as well as propel passengers around the moon, to the lunar surface and even to Mars and back.

SpaceX currently launches regular supply missions to the International Space Station using its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule. It is now working on a new Dragon crew capsule that could start carrying people to the orbiting outpost later this year.

However, just a day after the announcement, SpaceX said it must lay off 10 percent of its more than 6,000 employees.

Musk said in a statement: “To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space-based Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations. This means we must part ways with some talented and hardworking members of our team.”

He added that the trim was “only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.”

The Los Angeles Times, citing an email sent to employees on Friday, said the company was offering those affected a minimum of eight weeks’ pay and other benefits, including career coaching and assistance with resumes.

Also Friday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying 10 communications satellites.

SpaceX makes most of its money from multibillion-dollar contracts with NASA and satellite launches. In November it won authorization from U.S. officials to put nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit to boost cheap wireless internet access by the 2020s.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the company was raising $500 million from investors to help launch its satellite internet service.

Musk has risen to prominence with a series of ambitious ventures, especially Tesla, which has boosted production of its Model 3 electric car and has continued to enjoy strong demand for the vehicle.

Other Musk ventures include OpenAI, Neuralink and the Boring Co., which focuses on infrastructure and tunnels.

But Musk has also drawn plenty of criticism over unconventional and at times erratic behavior — after admitting last year that he has been struggling with exhaustion.

In an interview broadcast last month, Musk openly mocked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after agreeing to a $20 million fine to settle fraud charges the agency had brought over Musk’s quickly aborted effort to take Tesla private.

And in September, he raised eyebrows with an appearance on a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan, which saw him sip whiskey and smoke weed while musing at length about artificial intelligence, colonizing space, and the need to give love a chance.

Later that month, he was sued by a British caver who had helped rescue 12 boys trapped in Thailand after Musk called him a “pedo guy” and a “child rapist” after his proposal to use his miniature submarine to extract the boys was rejected.

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SpaceX Reportedly to Lay Off About 10 Percent of Workforce

Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10 percent of the company’s more than 6,000 employees, it said on Friday.

Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX will reduce its workforce by about 10 percent of the company’s more than 6,000 employees, it said on Friday.

The company said it will “part ways” with some of its manpower, citing “extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead.”

“To continue delivering for our customers and to succeed in developing interplanetary spacecraft and a global space based

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an unveiling event for the Boring Co. Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, California., Dec. 18, 2018.

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an unveiling event for the Boring Co. Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, California., Dec. 18, 2018.

Internet, SpaceX must become a leaner company. Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations,” a spokesman said in an email.

In June, Elon Musk fired at least seven people in the senior management team leading a SpaceX satellite launch project, Reuters reported in November. The firings were related to disagreements over the pace at which the team was developing and testing its Starlink satellites.

SpaceX’s Starlink program is competing with OneWeb and Canada’s Telesat to be the first to market with a new satellite-based internet service.

The management shakeup involved Musk bringing in new managers from SpaceX headquarters in California to replace a number of the managers he fired in Seattle.

Last month, SpaceX launched its first U.S. national security space mission, when a SpaceX rocket carrying a U.S. military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

In December, the Wall Street Journal reported that SpaceX was raising $500 million, taking its valuation to $30.5 billion.

The Hawthorne, California-based company had earlier outlined plans for a trip to Mars in 2022, to be followed by a manned mission to the red planet by 2024.

Another Elon Musk company, electric car maker Tesla Inc , said in June it was cutting 9 percent of its workforce by removing several thousand jobs across the company in cost reduction measures.

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