Elon Musk unveils “Starship” with the aim of interplanetary voyages

The aptly named “Starship” is SpaceX’s newest unveiling with a stated goal is to take passengers to both the moon, mars and eventually further. The timeline is a still a bit fuzzy around the edges, but it could start serving star gazing customers as soon as next year. The “Starship” concept was first publicized by Elon Musk back in 2016 at the International Astronautical Union meeting in Mexico. Since then the design has undergone gradual changes, with changes in everything from height to number and size of the raptor engines.

Among the first people who will get to experience travel space on “Starship” is Japanese entrepneur Yusaku Maezawa and a select few artists. “Starship”, at least in the beginning, will serve as a way to commercialize and standardize space tourism. However, Elon Musk’s long-term goal is increasingly clear, he wants it create the foundation for humans to become an interplanetary species.

The immediate plan is for “Starship” to enter orbit within 6 months. The plan to achieve this is ambitious and consists of three stages, laid out by Elon Musk during his presentation.

  • 1-2 months: A smaller prototype of “Starship”, called Mark 1, is scheduled to take a short test flight
  • After a few months: Several additional prototypes, Mark 1-4, will be build to improve the manufacturing process and design
  • Less than 6 months: b

The “Starship” itself stands at 118 meters (388 feet) stall, is set to have a carrying capacity of 100 people, is powered by six raptor engines with another 37 powering its booster and will be reusable for multiple trips. The current design is largely identical to the one unveiled in 2018 by Elon Musk.

This is basically the holy grail of space

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX