Elon Musk tweeted an image of an experimental rocket that will help him get to mars.
The so-called “test hopper” will not enter orbit when it launches in the coming weeks, but will inform how SpaceX works toward a full-scale prototype of the Mars Starship.
Musk has described Starship as a “Tintin” rocket, referring to the famous 20th-century Belgian comics series.
Elon Musk has published a photo of an experimental rocket that will help him achieve his mission of conquering Mars.
After teasing the spaceship earlier this month, Musk posted a picture of the vehicle — dubbed the “test hopper” — in real life on Friday from SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering. pic.twitter.com/k1HkueoXaz
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
As Business Insider’s Dave Mosher noted earlier this month, the rocket carries the test hopper moniker because it is not designed to orbit the earth. Instead, the windowless ship will rocket on “hops” that go no more than about 16,400 feet in the air.
In simple terms, it’s an experimental vehicle whose successes (or failures) will inform how SpaceX works toward a full-scale, orbit-ready prototype of Starship, which could one day ferry up to 100 people and 150 tons of cargo to Mars.
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In a tweet explaining the rocket, Musk made clear it is for “suborbital” tests. The orbital version will be “taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section,” Musk added. The operational ship will also have windows once it …read more
Source:: Business Insider