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Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship Nears Completion


The recent tweet by SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk gives a sneak peek at the construction of the first Starship in Texas. A picture of the craft’s two halves has been posted on Twitter showing the coming together of the craft’s pieces. The post has been put up just in time by Musk as he is planning a press conference on Saturday evening to give a clear picture of the company’s programs, which will also include the Starship’s progress.

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SpaceX’s orbital prototype Starship is under construction but this does not mean it can be kept away from peoples’ eyes as snaps of the spaceship come from the company’s founder. Elon Musk has recently posted a few photos displaying the progress of the spacecraft. The look will startle masses and to anyone’s surprise, it’s a taller expansion of the Starhopper design. The starship has a really good sense of scale and is a reminder that the finished Starship is meant to handle a lot of things rather than just handling satellites into service.

As revealed by Musk last year that a Japanese billionaire will be the first lunar space tourist, so it seems like he has a lot in store for us.

The 10-story-high Mk1 will provide a perfect backdrop for his comments, but that’s not all. 3 of the SpaceX’s engines give the spaceship enough power to test a flight soon. Jim Bridenstine NASA’s Administrator says he’s looking forward to the event, but also claims that the schedule for Commercial Crew efforts are also lagging behind. The first test flights as per the company say of this orbital vessel will start as soon as October begins, and the initial experiment will reach about 63,000 feet.

We can’t expect commercial flights to start until 2021, but Starship is known to be the backbone of SpaceX’s business. Handling everything from the routine orbitals to eventual trips to Mars, it needs to be sure that the technology works properly as the company’s future depends on it.