SpaceX will soon have a whole fleet of shiny silver Starship prototypes, if all goes according to plan.
On Saturday (Sept. 28), Elon Musk gave his annual update about Starship and Super Heavy, the reusable spacecraft and rocket, respectively, that the company is building to help colonize Mars.
The presentation took place at SpaceX's South Texas site, near the village of Boca Chica, and prominently featured the 165-foot-tall (50 meters) Starship Mk1 — the first full-size Starship prototype, whose assembly was completed just days before Musk's talk. (One test-flight prototype preceded the Mk1 — a short and stubby vehicle called Starhopper, which was retired in late August.)
SpaceX aims to launch the stainless-steel Mk1 on an uncrewed, 12-mile-high (20 kilometers) test flight in the next month or two, Musk said. And a much more ambitious jaunt should follow in relatively short order.
"I mean, this is going to sound totally nuts, but I think we want to try to reach orbit in less than six months," Musk said on Saturday.
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