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Elon Musk unveils new 'Starship' spacecraft

By T.K. Randall
September 29, 2019 · Comment icon 8 comments

Is this the future of spaceflight ? Image Credit: YouTube / SpaceX
The SpaceX CEO revealed the impressive new vehicle at a live-streamed event in Texas on Saturday.
The first of several prototype iterations of the next-generation spacecraft, Starship is 50 meters long, weighs 120 tons and is equipped with six engines - three fixed and three movable.

Over the next few years there will be several more versions of Starship, each bringing the private space firm closer to its goal of sending humans not only to the Moon, but also to Mars.

Musk believes that it should be possible to achieve orbital flight within as little as six months.

"We need to make space travel like air travel," he said. "Any other mode of transport is reusable so the critical breakthrough is a rapidly reusable orbital rocket - this is the holy grail of space."
In the future, he hopes to establish a more permanent presence in space.

"It will be very exciting to have a base on the Moon, even if it's just a science city," he said. "Then we can go to other places in the solar system, like Saturn."

"But we need to focus on the fastest path to a self-sustaining city on Mars."

"As far as we know, we're the only life we know about. If there were aliens, I'm pretty sure I'd know. I think we should really do our best to become a multi-planet species, and we should do it now."



Source: Sky News | Comments (8)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Dumbledore the Awesome 5 years ago
Actually it looks quite cool. Does it use his patented warp drive? 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
Wow, i wanna see it fly ! Still a shiny test rocket.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 5 years ago
Musk really needs to stop showing things off that aren't finished. He's like if I served a dessert that consisted of a plate with little piles of flour, sugar, and strawberry seeds drenched in raw egg.
Comment icon #4 Posted by zygote_myles 5 years ago
Still just a big ol' gas guzzling lumbering behemoth. Might as well just use the Saturn V again. Doesn't impress me.
Comment icon #5 Posted by It's Just An Opinion 5 years ago
Seti42 Could your finished desert perhaps someday become the prototype of something that could save your species? He has all that money which he could have chosen to spend the same way most of the other millionaires do: but he's choosing to spend it on something more. Let him show it off, he has the right to be proud of it.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Twisted_Caulk 5 years ago
Elon Musk 2020
Comment icon #7 Posted by wylzc 5 years ago
Needs more fins.   And portholes. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by stevewinn 5 years ago
Musk as done well, Tesla vehicles, on space he can get into orbit cheaper than NASA, and now this.


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