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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 04:01 AM

Here's why Elon Musk is tweeting constantly about a stainless-steel starship

"Starship will look like liquid silver."
ERIC BERGER - 1/8/2019, 3:30 PM



The Starship test vehicle, currently under assembly, will look similar to this illustration when finished.

Eleven months ago—just after SpaceX astonished the world by launching and landing its titanic Falcon Heavy rocket while beaming back images of a red Tesla leaving Earth orbit—company founder Elon Musk had already begun to look beyond the moment.

The Falcon Heavy was a big, capable rocket. But it wasn't large enough to fulfill his aspirations of reaching Mars. Neither did the company have a spacecraft capable of landing there. "They really need to be way bigger than that," Musk said of the Falcon Heavy rocket at the time. Moreover, he noted that the launch in early February 2018 had confirmed the company's ability to model rocket launches on computers. "It gives me a lot of faith for our next architecture. It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable."

In this case, BFR stood for Big Falcon Rocket. This vehicle has since been renamed "Super Heavy," and it will launch the spacecraft SpaceX is building to land on Mars, take off from Mars, and land back on Earth. The rocket is certainly titanic in size, but the spacecraft it will carry—since branded Starship—is the greater innovation. No nation or company has ever built a single vehicle capable of flying dozens of people into space (especially deep space), landing on distant worlds, and then flying back to Earth.

Since 2016, Musk has shared several different versions of the Starship in presentations. However, we are now starting to see test hardware. During the last two months, observers near the company's site in southern Texas have been taking photos of a silvery test-version of Starship that the company will use for a series of take-off and landing tests this spring. And Musk has been sharing some of these photos (and a lot of details about them) on Twitter.

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https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/elon-musk-is-really-really-excited-about-his-starship/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 05:01 AM

1. Looks to be straight out of 1950s

sci-fi movies.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 09:10 AM

2. or pulp magazine covers. nt

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 12:36 PM

4. It's missing the ubiquitous ladder

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 09:44 AM

3. Personally I think its a waste of time to have a goal of going to Mars right now.

Instead the focus should be on developing less fuel consuming ways to get into orbit followed by new methods of propulsion in space that would allow us to travel to planets and other star systems faster and in a economically viable way.

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:29 PM

5. Elon Musk shows off the assembled Starship test rocket

Elon Musk shows off the assembled Starship test rocket (TechCrunch)

https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/11/elon-musk-shows-off-the-assembled-starship-test-rocket/

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Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering.

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