Elon Musk Unveils Prototype Of Mars Rocket

Posted: Jan 13 2019, 8:19am CST | by , Updated: Jan 13 2019, 8:25am CST, in Latest Science News


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Elon Musk Unveils Prototype of Mars Rocket
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The rocket named Starship aims to carry people to the Moon and possibly to Mars.

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk has unveiled the first pictures of a shiny, monster rocket called Starship, which will depart on its first test flights in Texas in March or April. The vehicle is integral part of Musk's plan of space tourism and may one day carry humans to deep space destinations, such as the moon and Mars.

“Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering.” Elon Musk wrote in Twitter.

The Starship Hopper prototype built in Boca Chica is eight meters wide, but a bit small than the actual future rocket. The prototype is meant for short launches and landings and will reach several miles in the air before landing back on Earth. The orbital tests could come in as early as June 2019. These tests will enable the company to reach its space exploration goals and to see if the rocket could safely make it to orbit and then return.

Elon Musk initially called the rocket that would take humans to Mars Big Falcon Rocket or BFR, later naming it Starship. According to SpaceX, the actual Starship will measure around 350 feet in height. It will able to hold 100 people and could one day be used to establish colonies on tMoon and Mars.

A Japanese billionaire would be among SpaceX's first tourists to fly to the moon as early as 2023. The trip would mark first human journey to the Moon since the Apollo era of the 1960s and '70s. A total of 24 people flew to the moon to date, while only 12 walked on the lunar surface.

"A BFR flight will actually cost less than our Falcon 1 flight did. That was about a 5 or 6 million dollar marginal cost per flight. We're confident the BFR will be less than that. That's profound, and that is what will enable the integration of a permanent base on the Moon and a city on Mars. And that's the equivalent of like the Union Pacific Railroad, or having ships that can quickly cross the oceans." Elon Musk said in an earlier statement.

SpaceX currently sends two rockets to the International Space Station: the Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy.

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