Billionaire Elon Musk builds a massive rocket prototype in Texas.
On Monday, the Chief Executive Officer of SpaceX, a private aerospace and space transportation company that ran more than 20 launches in 2018, posted a Twitter image of a preliminary model of the spaceship called the "Starship".
The rocket currently under construction at Boca Chica Village, near Brownsville, Texas, was previously known as CNET's "Big Falcon Rocket" (BFR).
The company plans to use Starship to send people around the moon, to Mars and on ultra-fast international flights from space.
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"I will make a complete technical presentation of Starship after the test vehicle we build in Texas flies, hopefully in March / April," musk tweeted.
Musk's Twitter photo gives an indication of the size of the prototype. Positioned next to a pickup, the nose cone seems to be several stories high. SpaceX has previously reported that Starship will be bigger and more powerful than the Saturn V rocket that brought Apollo astronauts to the moon, CNET says.
Musk responded to several questions from Twitterverse about the project, revealing that Starship would look "liquid" silver "and feature" stainless steel specular gloss "and" maximum reflectivity. "
He also noted that steel was at high temperatures better than lighter carbon fiber materials as they re-enter.
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