Just last month, Elon Musk had switched to Twitter to announce that he had changed the name of the SpaceX BX missile module and rocket amplifier into "Starship" and "Super Heavy", respectively. In another spontaneous update from Musk via Twitter, we get a good look at the Starship section in all its stainless steel splendor for the first time.
Early in the morning, Musk tweeted a picture of the top section of the spaceship with the simple title of "Stainless Steel Starship" before further details on the progress of the program follow.
Musk briefly commented on the development status of the new SpaceX Raptor engines and noted that the engines were planned for the Super Heavy are "radically transformed" and they will be "ready to fire" next month.
Decision to switch from carbon material to stainless steel for the starship. In a response to Twitter, Musk claims stainless steel has been chosen for its thermal properties and high temperature resistance.
SpaceX has been relying on its new heavy-duty spaceship for quite some time. Even before the name change, Musk was optimistic that the BFR (which, according to Musk's question, stood for "Big Falcon Rocket" or "Big F * cking Rocket") will be the space probe that will ultimately bring people to Mars. More recently, Musk suggested that "later versions" of the platform will eventually visit other star systems, hence the name "Starship".
Currently, there is no fixed timeline when the Starship is actually ready to take passengers. The first suborbital "hops" are scheduled for early 2019, but obviously these launches will not carry any crew members. SpaceX is no stranger to delays, so we need to see what next year's Starship program will do and expect the best.