Elon Musk’s Starship Prototype Pics

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SpaceX is Moving Ahead After ‘Starhopper’ Test Success

Engineers in Texas and Florida are working on the first full-scale prototypes of Starship, SpaceX’s flagship spacecraft design. Starship represents the next step in the evolution of the company’s long term plan to explore and colonize space. So far, however, the company has only tested “Starhopper,” a smaller prototype designed to test the ship’s advanced Raptor engines. After the last successful test of Starhopper, an untethered hop that went well on July 25th, SpaceX founder Elon Musk visited the Boca Chica, TX facility and took some great Starship prototype pics.

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The Raptor engines that fired on the Starhopper prototype will now go into the design of the full-sized Starship Mk1 and Mk2 prototypes being built in Texas and Florida, respectively. 

Musk also said on Twitter that SpaceX plans to announce the Mk1 prototype — which will have three Raptor engines — on August 24th at Boca Chica, TX:

The final design for Starship will feature six Raptor engines. It will launch into orbit aboard a Super Heavy, a rocket that will have 35 of the Raptors onboard. The overall vision for the craft is to be able to transport up to 100 passengers to the Moon and eventually to Mars. While there will almost certainly be design changes made before the August 24th unveiling, experts expect the first launch of the Mk1 to take place shortly after. 

The Mk1 and Mk2 prototypes are made to fly into orbit, unlike the Starhopper, so the first test flight will be crucial. Each new step forward in Starship’s development makes the idea of space colonization that much more tangible.


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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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