“Starship will be the most powerful rocket in history. This is how SpaceX’s founder, Elon Musk, presented last weekend the assembled prototype of the spacecraft that could carry 100 people to the Moon or Mars.
The goal with Starship is to “allow human beings travel in space as one travels through the air”, Elon Musk told a news conference. It should be able to transport people or cargo to other planets and to land perpendicularly on Earth.
In particular, the ship could serve SpaceX’s ultimate goal of colonizing the Red Planet. “We are really close to making it physically possible,” said the entrepreneur, who also has the ambition to send Starship to even more distant planets in the Solar System.
The rocket is 118 meters long and 9 meters wide. It will have up to 37 engines, weighs 200 tons and is built of stainless steel, which would give it exceptional thermal properties .
Starship will take off for the first time in the next two months in a test where it will reach a height of 20 kilometers before returning to Earth. Its first launch in orbit is expected to take place over the next six months, while its first manned flight could take place as early as next year.
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