Elon Musk Shares Actual Photo Of The Real ‘Starship’ Spacecraft Test Flight
By Yoon Sann Wong, 14 Jan 2019
Image via Elon Musk
Several days after releasing a rendering of SpaceX’s ‘Starship’ test vehicle, formerly known as the ‘BFR’ or ‘Big F*cking Rocket’, CEO Elon Musk followed up with an actual photo of the spacecraft that has left fans feeling very excited.
In this side-by-side image from GeekWire’s aerospace and science editor Alan Boyle, you’ll see the previously teased rendering to the right of the real-life test craft, recreated in typical cheeky Musk fashion that includes the astronaut at the craft’s base for scale:
It needed to be made real https://t.co/9Y490tukao— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
Yes, the illustration that @elonmusk previously tweeted out is on the right. 🚀— Alan Boyle (@b0yle) January 11, 2019
The approximately 120-feet-tall spacecraft comprises three sections assembled at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility. ‘Starship’ will pair with the massive rocket booster ‘Super Heavy’ to transport passengers from Earth to other destinations such as the Moon, Mars, the Jupiter moon Europa, the Saturn satellite Enceladus, and more.
According to a December tweet by Musk, “‘Starship’ will look like liquid silver” due to its novel stainless steel alloy, which will help the vessel shed heat while traveling through the atmosphere.
Though the test craft might look about done externally, more work remains to get the vehicle fully ready for its first flight, slated to occur sometime mid 2019. SpaceX aims to use ‘Starship’ to eventually send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and eight artists to the moon for free.
This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
Obv must be more pointy tho— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
Uncanny! pic.twitter.com/mgweOMMMYs— Walter Ohlinger (@WalterOhlinger) January 6, 2019
"When it doubt, go Tintin" 🚀 https://t.co/DO9V7bjzlk— Christian Blichmann (@AdmVonSchneider) January 11, 2019
Suggested paint job pic.twitter.com/GYmQLkXxIF— redpillgreen (@redpillgreen) January 11, 2019
Starship will look like liquid silver— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 24, 2018
[via GeekWire, main image via Elon Musk]
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