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SpaceX's orbital Starship prototype construction progress in new photos – TechCrunch



SpaceX is making progress assembling its Starship orbital spacecraft prototype, as seen in new photos shared by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk . This full-scale testing version of the Starship wants to take over the Star Hopper, which is a scaled-down version used to test the Raptor engine with low-altitude 'hop' flights.

The Starship Mk I Prototype and Mk II prototypes which are under construction simultaneously at SpaceX facilities in South Texas and Florida, wants to use Raptor engines simultaneously, as opposed to higher speeds and higher speeds.

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9 meters (about 30 feet) in diameter, and unlike the StarHopper a beautiful curved top section, which you can see in the second photo. Once complete, SpaceX wants to run a prototype of the orbital prototype with the goal of reaching a height of 12 miles, or 63,000 feet, before moving on to higher velocity testing.

Ultimately , SpaceX's goal with Starship has become the workhorse of all its commercial operations, 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon Capsule spacecraft and servicing both Earth orbital needs, as well as trips to ferry supplies and astronauts to Mars, and potential beyond.


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