Jonathan Hofeller, Vice President of Commercial Sales at SpaceX, said at the APSAT conference in Jakarta: "We are currently in talks with three different customers to accomplish this initial mission. These are all telecommunications companies. "SpaceX made a" jump "in April with a Starship prototype propelling the vehicle just a few inches off the ground.
Mr. Hofeller said future tests would reach higher altitudes.
He said," We have future – hopes for later this year.
"The goal is to reach orbit as soon as possible, possibly even this year, with the full stack ready for use by the end of next year, and customers in early 2021." 19659003] The launching system consists of two parts, the super heavy booster, the lower and the upper level named Starship.
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Together, they can carry up to 20 tons into the geostationary transfer orbit Hofeller said, or more than 1
The ultimate goal of Starship is to transport crew and resources to the Moon and Mars.
Launch 2021, however, is used to send satellites into orbit around the Earth and elsewhere.
Mr. Hofeller said SpaceX is planning several test flights before deploying the next-generation launcher for satellites.
These test flights, a figure he has not quantified, are intended to demonstrate the launch system to customers and dispel any insurers' concerns about the reliability of a new vehicle.
SpaceX intends to replace its current reusable Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launchers with the fully reusable Super Heavy Booster and Starship launchers.
Mr. Hofeller said, "Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy will be there as long as our customers want it."
"If we make them obsolete with a better product and a lower price, great.  Elon Musk wants to create a Plan B for life on Earth on the Red Planet.
In 2017, he said, "I hope people are beginning to regard it as a real goal that we are striving for should build a civilization Mars.
"It's not just about humanity, it's about the whole life that's close to our hearts."