Elon Musk has published a photo of an experimental rocket that will help him achieve his mission to conquer Mars.
After making fun of the spaceship earlier this month, Musk released a vehicle image – dubbed "test hopper" – in real life on Friday from the SpaceX factory in Boca Chica, Texas.
As Dave Mosher of Business Insider noted earlier this month, the rocket carries the moniker of the hopper test because it is not designed to orbit the earth. Instead, the windowless ship will fly over "hops" that does not exceed 16,400 feet in the air.
In simple terms, it is an experimental vehicle whose successes (or failures) will inform how SpaceX works for a prototype star ship ready for orbit, which could one day ferry up to 1
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In a tweet explaining the rocket, Musk made it clear that it is for "suborbital" testing. The orbital version will be "taller, has thicker skins (does not wrinkle) and a nasal section that curves gently," adds Musk. The operating vessel will also have windows once completed. In a tweet at the beginning of this month Musk said the rocket will carry out its first test between four and eight weeks, almost a year ahead of schedule.
Musk said that Starship's final stellar rocket will have the appearance of "liquid silver" during the incandescent return in the atmosphere of the Earth or Mars. But because of the imperfections of the test hopper, like the ridges between the steel panels, it already has a liquid silver luster.
SpaceX fans also released images of the ship:
A full-size starship is scheduled to launch people for the first time in 2023. Musk said he hopes to launch the first crews around the middle of 2020, perhaps as early as 2024, to get to the red planet in 2025.
He described the spaceship as a "Tintin" rocket, referring to the famous series of 20th century Belgian comics. "I love rocket design & # 39; Tintin & # 39 ;, so I wanted to somehow orient it towards that," he said during a press conference in September.