A conversation with Elon Musk about Starship
Elon Musk presented a spaceship
Billionaire Elon Musk unveiled the latest iteration of his space company’s recently assembled starship, SpaceX, and showed a timeline for the rapid development of a central vehicle to launch humans into space..
The demonstration took place in the remote village of Boca Chica, Texas. The audience was presented with an animation of a spaceship landing on the Moon and Mars. According to Musk, the rocket’s first orbital flight could occur in the next six months, and space missions with people on board – as early as next year..
«The critical breakthrough we need to become a space civilization – to make interplanetary travel similar to air travel», – said the director of Tesla Inc.
Designed to carry dozens of people to the Moon and Mars, the steel rocket ship is the apex of Musk’s colossal 387-foot (118-meter) interplanetary rocket system and is the latest addition to SpaceX’s line of reusable launch vehicles..
The village of Boca Chica, located a few miles north of the Mexican border, is the epicenter of SpaceX’s three-year experimental spacecraft test program, which does not delight locals..
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«I think that the real danger for the Boca Chica village is small, but it is there. It will probably be better to buy back the village over time», – said Musk.
Some residents are known to have turned down SpaceX’s offer to buy back their homes at three times market value..
Lunar Mission Mask aligns with NASA’s goal of getting people there by 2024 as part of its Artemis program, stimulated by the Trump administration. The program aims to work with several US space companies to establish a long-term presence on the lunar surface before eventually colonizing Mars..
NASA has given SpaceX and Boeing a total of $ 6.8 billion to build competing rocket and capsule systems to launch astronauts into orbit from the United States. Development of both capsules for astronauts was accompanied by delays and failed trials.
In September 2018, Musk unveiled a carbon fiber version of the Martian spacecraft called the Big Falcon Rocket. However, after a couple of months, SpaceX abandoned the construction of this material and switched to a stainless steel version..