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Starship prototype could fly within months

December 25, 2018 | Comment icon 10 comments



Once complete, Starship will be able to fly to the Moon and beyond. Image Credit: SpaceX / Elon Musk
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has provided a sneak peak of the firm's prototype interplanetary Starship spacecraft.
Development of the next-generation space vehicle, which it is hoped will one day carry astronauts to Mars, appears to be further along than expected as evidenced by a photograph posted up on Musk's Twitter feed on Christmas Eve showing the spacecraft well under construction.

Starship has undergone several name changes since it was first announced, having previously transitioned from Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) to Interplanetary Transport System (ITS).

The photograph (see below), which shows the nose cone sitting next to some parked trucks, offers a glimpse of not only its size, but also its stainless steel construction.
According to Musk, steel will perform better than lighter carbon fiber material at high temperatures.

He also revealed that testing of the new ship could begin within mere months, although the initial flights will likely see the spacecraft simply fly straight up and back down.

Still, with the way things are going, Starship may be flying to Mars sooner than you might think.



Source: CNET.com | Comments (10)



Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Nnicolette 3 years ago
It's always soon just go already.
Comment icon #2 Posted by aztek 3 years ago
if he is so interested in space flight, maybe he should build maglev launch system for space flights, something like a carrier launch catapult, combined with a ramp.  and not waste time with boring a tunnel in CA. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hammerclaw 3 years ago
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=fireball+xl5+ship+launch&&view=detail&mid=7C730266BA43734A48817C730266BA43734A4881&&FORM=VRDGAR
Comment icon #4 Posted by toast 3 years ago
Impossible because the carrier would need to be accelerated to 11.2kms/sec on the ramp. No human would survive such high g-forces and no structure would withstand the drag within the atmosphere.
Comment icon #5 Posted by AllPossible 3 years ago
Just the mindset to travel to another planet is a mission by itself
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Maybe just a mockup... but i would be glad that it's the true thing !
Comment icon #7 Posted by aztek 3 years ago
what do  you think G forces are during conventional rocket launch? how much G's do you think trained human can handle?  do you think every flight is manned? you do not really think ramp would be the only thing that launches craft? how much do you think we can save on weight of fuel if we give initial boost?
Comment icon #8 Posted by I am 3 years ago
They could use the maglev to launch supplies into space then drop off the crew in the spaceships they've all-ready invented
Comment icon #9 Posted by toast 3 years ago
I dont think, I know. During a Soyuz launch, the G-force is in between 1 and 4 G. Trained pilots can handle up to 10G but for a very short period of time. No.
Comment icon #10 Posted by aztek 3 years ago
obviously even best maglev ramp is not gonna work by itself, but it can give initial boost, without using on board fuel, there will be less fuel\weight needed to continue. we wont need huge rockets, burn 100s of tonns of fuel just to take off.  isn't is why space 1 used a plane to launch their module, and now they build stratolauncher, for that purpose alone,  how much extra fuel\rocket we'd need to launch same modules conventional way?  big minus is that ramp needs large real estate, and a power plant working just for that.


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