For weeks, photographers have been photographing photos of a retro-looking, shiny stainless steel rocket taking shape at the starting point of SpaceX in South Texas – and tonight SpaceX boss Elon Musk announced this montage of the first Starship short-hop Test rocket is complete.
Musk tweeted a picture of a roughly 120-meter-tall "Starship Hopper" consisting of three compound sections at SpaceX in Boca Chica.
"This is an actual picture, not a rendering," Musk wrote. But the rocket looks scary to the illustration that Musk shared a few days earlier – or, in that sense, the pointed-headed rockets that were on everyone's lips in the 1940s.
Starship is the last incarnation The spaceship, formerly known as an interplanetary transport system, was Mars Colonial Transporter, the Big Falcon Rocket or the BFR.
Musk says the operable spaceship, when used with a giant rocket boosters known as Super Heavy, could be used together for transcontinental aircraft, making point-to-point travel on Earth, setting up the satellite constellation, traveling around the moon and the lunar surface as well as trips to Mars and back.
A new kind of stainless steel alloy is used because this is the best way the vehicle should release heat as it zooms through the atmosphere. "Starship will look like liquid silver" Musk wrote .
The ship, designed in Texas, will fly short jumps to practice takeoffs and landings, as well as SpaceX's rocket platform Grasshopper and its missiles. The successor, the F9R Dev, became the test environment for Falcon 9 over the period 2012-2014 Booster landings used.
Although Musk has stated the completion of the assembly, much work remains to be done. For example, shock absorbers must be installed on the feet of the landing legs. The engines on the rocket are also replaced by sincere, methane-powered Raptor engines.
"The engines currently in Starship funnels are a mix of development and operation of Raptor," Musk said last weekend. . "The first funnel motor to be fired is almost completely assembled in California. Probably fires next month. "
Short spring tests could start in February or March. "This is for suborbital VTOL testing," he said in one of today's tweets of 1945 . "Orbital version is bigger, has thicker skins (no wrinkles) and a slightly curved nose."
Musk said he plans a detailed update of the Starship architecture in March or April. The first prototype of the orbital class should be completed by June.
The goal is to have the Starship and the Super Heavy Booster ready for passengers by the mid-2020s, to send the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and an entourage of artists around the moon … and prepare the stage for Mars trips.
SpaceX has significantly increased the pace of Starship development over the past month and the fact that the company has more than half of $ 500 million in funding could have something to do with it.
It's interesting that the Starship gathering took place outside SpaceX paparazzi outside. Here is a selection of pictures from the last month:
– Cowboy Dan (@CowboyDanPaasch) 2018  … seems to have acquired the silo-looking appendage. Workers are reportedly working on it around the clock. #BFR 📷: BocaChicaGal / KRGV pic.twitter.com/GsgHeia5ds
– Cowboy Dan (@CowboyDanPaasch) December 21, 2018
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 24, 2018
– Austin Barnard (@ austinbarnard45) December 28, 2018
– Austin Barnard (@ austinbarnard45) January 3, 2019
– Walter Ohlinger (@WalterOhlinger) January 6, 2019
– Cowboy Dan (@CowboyDanPaasch) January 7, 2019
– Evelyn JaneidyEveJ (@JaneidyEve)] 9. January 2019
SpaceX's first Starship funnel under the cloudy sky of Texas Boca Chica Beach. @elonmusk #Starship #SpaceX pic.twitter.com/hVg5Ken7Vp  – Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@ JaneidyEve) January 10, 2019
It had to be real https://t.co/9Y490tukao[19659004-ElonMusk(@elonmusk) January 11, 2019