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Full-Sized SpaceX Starship Mk1 Prototype Might be Revealed This Month

SpaceX founder Elon Musk told the world three years ago that he was going to take humans to Mars. In the past few weeks, he’s demonstrated that the tech required is working. Now he’s ready to announce the next step in the evolution of the SpaceX Starship program at the end of the month.

In response to a tweet on August 28th, Musk announced that the new plans would be revealed on the anniversary of the SpaceX’s first orbit, September 28th.

Seeing a Fully Assembled Starship

Musk announced his vision for a colony of a million people on Mars at the International Aeronautical Conference in Guadalajara back in 2016. Since then, the company has been committed to building the vehicle that will make that vision a reality. In only three years, they’ve tested the smaller Starhopper prototype multiple times, and are ready to move on. Now that the Mk1 has made a couple of successful hops, it’s time to get rolling on the big kahuna – a fully assembled SpaceX Starship Mk1 Prototype. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

The design has undergone several major changes in those three years, as has the name. According to the latest specs, the rocket upon which Starship will ride is the most powerful launch vehicle the world has ever seen. Yes, even more powerful than a Saturn V. As for the name, they’ve called it the Big Falcon Rocket, the Big F&^%ing Rocket, and just the BFR. None of those names won out, ultimately, though. Musk and co. are now just calling it the Super Heavy. (What a bunch of corporate daisies, by the way… BFR totally should have won out.)

Artist's rendering of SpaceX Starship orbiting Mars

Artist’s rendering of SpaceX Starship orbiting Mars

The Other SpaceX Starship News:

In 2022, the ambitious plan will come to fruition—or at least the first landing part. To that end, SpaceX seems to have chosen a landing site for the first unmanned landing. Arcadia Planitia—a low Martian plain appears to be just the right spot for SpaceX Starship to touchdown. They like the site because it is, as it’s Latin name suggests, full of planes. And if you’re looking to land a spaceship on a planet, large flat areas are typically a good thing. Here’s a view pretty cool view of the landing site tweeted out by Ian Atkinson:

As you can see, the potential sites are also relatively close to Olympus Mons! How cool that? Additionally, there appears to be a lot of water ice in the area. So it really does look like the best place to land.  Here’s hoping we get to see some really cool new pics of Starship at the end of the month, and that the tests go smoothly from here on out!

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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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