Elon Musk shows photo of new test rocket Starship

Jan

12

2019

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shown a photo of what the Starship will look like. The new rocket has been under development for some time under the name Big Falcon Rocket, but previously only renders were made available.

Musk put the picture on his Twitter page, letting it know that it was a real image, not a render. Nevertheless, it is still a test version, which is only intended to go suborbital , and thus not to be shot into the universe. The final version should have a ‘thicker skin’ and a slightly different shaped nose, says Musk.

As part of the tests, an attempt is made to land the missile again after launch. Ultimately, it is the intention that all parts of the Starship become reusable. The first flight may take place in 2020.

Previously, SpaceX had only shown renders of the Starship, previously known as the ‘Big Falcon Rocket’. The Starship must be bigger than the current Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy, and will be deployed for missions to Mars.

In November, Musk hinted that there was a ‘radical change’ about the design of the rocket. The design stands out because a classic design has been chosen, even though renders are already here.

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