Elon Musk's Mars Rocket takes shape: New photos reveal the clearest look yet at the starship prototype
- New images showcased in two categories of the Starship test
- Starship, formerly called BFR, is the vehicle behind Musk's interplanetary plans
- The SpaceX boss recently said that test flights started during March / April
Elon Musk's Starship is launching
New pictures released on this show
The latest images provide a clearer view of the two components previewed by Musk at the end of last month, showing engineers in cherry-pickers at work on the nose cone and another large piece of the system.
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Elon Musk's Starship Prototype New pictures released on this show
In one view shared in a thread on the NASA Spaceflight forum, a large American flag can be seen on a large metal cylinders.
The progress comes as SpaceX ramps up the test hopper ahead of planned flights later this year
Starship – previously known as BFR, Big Falcon Rocket, or the Big F *** ing Rocket – is the crux of Musk's plans to send humans to Mars
Musk tweeted out of the photo at the end of December, captioning it simply, 'Stainless Steel Starship.'
In a series of tweets that followed, however, the CEO is on the show.
The progress comes as SpaceX ramps up for work on the test hopper ahead of the planned flights later this year Starship – previously known as BFR, Big Falcon Rocket, or the Big F *** ing Rocket – is the crux of Musk's plans to send humans to Mars
The latest images provide a clearer view of the two components previewed by Musk at the end of last month, showing the engineers in cherry-pickers at work on the nose cone and another large piece of the system
Responding to questions from Twitter users, Musk confirmed it will use stainless steel, like the Atlas rocket family.
But, he explained, it will have a 'different mix of alloys & new architecture.'
'Unlike Atlas, Starship is buckling stable on launchpad even when unpressurized,' Musk said.
The finished starship: Starship – previously known as BFR, Big Falcon Rocket, or the Big F *** ing Rocket – is the crux of Musk's plans to send humans to Mars
'I will do a full technical presentation of Starship after the test vehicle we're building in Texas flies, so hopefully March / April,' he added.
Just last month, the SpaceX boss doubled down on his earlier claims that he would probably be the interplanetary travelers who make the trip to Mars, despite there being a 'good chance' that he'll die there.
Elon Musk has shared a glimpse into his Starship prototype. The SpaceX boss tweeted an image showing the first two parts of what would soon be the 'test hopper,' shown above
WHAT IS ELON MUSK'S 'BFR'?
The BFR (Big F *** ing Rocket), now known as Starship, will complete all missions and is smaller than the ones Musk announced in 2016.
The SpaceX CEO said the rocket would take its first trip to the red planet in 2022, carrying only cargo, followed by a manned mission in 2024 and claimed that other SpaceX's products would be 'cannibalised' to pay it.
The rocket will be partially reusable and capable of flying directly from Earth to Mars.
Once built, Musk believes that the rocket could be used for travel on Earth – saying that the passengers would be able to get anywhere within under an hour.
Pictured, Elon Musk speaks during an unwilling event for the Boring Co last year
Tickets on Elon Musk's spaceship to Mars will cost around $ 200,000 per person
SpaceX shared new details about the 387ft rocket in September, saying it is hoping to launch unmanned launch of the spacecraft in late 2019.
In the future, Starship will be able to carry out the lunar missions as well as long-distance flights to Mars and beyond.
The firm hopes to stage an uncrewed flight to Mars in 2022, then a manned flight in 2024.
In between those missions, SpaceX has planned for a private mission with a passenger on board in 2023.
'We would like to put big cargo on the surface of the moon by 2022,' SpaceX chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said recently.
'And we have our eyes on the prize to send people to Mars in 2024.'