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SpaceX mission which is called Starship is going to be updated soon — probably by mid-August, Musk said over the weekend.
As mentions space.com “SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk had promised that he’d unveil the latest Starship design changes after the vehicle’s stubby test-flight prototype, known as Starhopper, completed its first untethered hop”.
That milestone happened last week at SpaceX’s South Texas facility in Boca Chica.
“Now that Hopper has flown, Starship update probably in two weeks or so,” Elon Musk wrote on Twitter Sunday (July 28).
SpaceX Starship is planned to launch in 2021. The first crewed mission, which will send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and a handful of artists on a trip around the moon, is targeted for 2023.
“Now it looks as though Musk will use a mid-August date to fill us in on his latest plans for Starship and Super Heavy, previously known together as BFR. (To be clear, Super Heavy is the next-generation rocket beyond Falcon Heavy, and Starship is the crew or cargo craft that sits atop it.)”, indicates www.cnet.com.
Starhopper, which sports a single Raptor, has now left the ground three times. In addition to last week’s flight, which Musk said targeted an altitude of about 65 feet (20 m), the vehicle took two brief test hops in early April, remaining tethered to the ground for safety’s sake on both occasions.
“We have future hops coming up later this year. The goal is to get orbital as quickly as possible, potentially even this year, with the full stack operational by the end of next year and then customers in early 2021”, mentioned Hofeller.
Source: Text; www.cnet.com, www.space.com
Image credit; in.mashable.com
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