SpaceX Releases Image Of Finished Spaceship

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Over the weekend, Elon Musk tweeted out images of what his completed Spaceship test vehicle will look like, and said it should be ready for first flight within weeks. The ship is 30 feet across, the same as the final vehicle, according to Engadget. It has a shiny aluminum hull, but no windows. Musk said, “Operational Starships would obviously have windows, etc.” The Starship is meant to take people to the Moon, Mars and elsewhere in the solar system, powered by a giant Super Heavy rocket, as soon as the mid-2020s, Musk has said. The Spaceship’s job will be to fly suborbital “Grasshopper” flights to prove the design.

Musk also posted current photos of his work-in-progress, including this one from Texas (below) by Maria Pointer, one of his Twitter followers. The photo shows the two sections of the hull apparently in their final stages of construction in a field. In his tweet on Saturday, Musk said he is aiming for first flight in four weeks, “which probably means eight weeks, due to unforeseen issues.” Work is also underway at SpaceX headquarters in California.

Comments (4)

looks like something out of a cartoon, or a 1950's space movie

Posted by: Thomas Ibach | January 9, 2019 4:17 AM    Report this comment

"Operational Starships would obviously have windows, etc."

Not totally obvious. It's largely dark out there, and windows are heavy. Multi-spectrum cameras might be the way to go.

Posted by: Thomas Boyle | January 9, 2019 8:37 AM    Report this comment

Correction: No aluminum. SX500 is a newly developed high-temperature stainless steel. Also, the real one will be bigger, this is a shorter, though full-diameter, ship meant for atmospheric control and landing testing.

Posted by: Joshua Levinson | January 9, 2019 12:33 PM    Report this comment

Johnson: [Noticing Dr. Evil's spaceship on radar] Colonel, you better have a look at this radar.
Colonel: What is it, son?
Johnson: I don't know, sir, but it looks like a giant--

Posted by: Mark Fraser | January 9, 2019 4:40 PM    Report this comment

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