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Elon Musk takes us into SpaceX's Starship Mk1 prototype (Video)



Just a few days after Elon Musk showed the silvery shiny exterior of the new SpaceX spaceship, he gave us a glimpse into the interior. On Saturday night (September 28), the SpaceX founder and CEO gave us a design update to Starship and Super Heavy the reusable spaceship or rocket that the company is developing for the colonization of Mars to support humanity.

Musk held the presentation in front of the newly assembled stainless steel Starship Mk1 the original prototype of the spaceship with 100 full size passengers. And on the early Tuesday morning (October 1), he gave us an insight into the interior of the 50-meter-high Mk1.

Video: View into SpaceX's spaceship Mk 1

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SpaceX's Starship Mk1 (left) prototype is 50 meters high at the Boca Chica site in South Texas. On the right is a first stage of the Falcon 1 rocket for SpaceX's first rocket.

[Picture credits: SpaceX via Twitter]

Musk posted a 10-second video on Twitter showing the huge cargo space of the spaceship, which is 9 meters wide.

"Inside Starship cargo space." Header tanks mounted in the top of the bowwing cone to balance the engine weight at the stern, "Musk wrote in the Twitter Post .

"The production version will be much more sophisticated than this prototype, but it's still fun to watch," he added about half an hour later in to another tweet.

The Mk1 is equipped with three next-generation Raptor engines from SpaceX. The last spaceship will have six raptors and the super heavy will have room for 37 of the engines. At least 31 of these slots are likely to be filled every time the giant booster starts, Musk said on Saturday.

The Mk1 will soon make its first flight if everything goes according to plan. Over the next month or two, SpaceX plans to launch the prototype on an unoccupied, 20-kilometer-high flight into SpaceX's southern Texas facility, Musk said.

A spacecraft prototype could be in orbit half a year, if development work continues to work well, he said Saturday night. This milestone flight is likely to be made by a future iteration of the spacecraft, he added, perhaps the Mk4 or Mk5.

And we may not have to wait too long for commercial operation to begin. Starship and Super Heavy could begin shipping communications satellites in 2021, SpaceX officials said. And the company has a manned mission with a planned launch date in 2023 – a lunar round trip booked by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and planning to take a handful of artists.

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