SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Shows of Next-Generation Stainless Steel “Starship”
By CBS News // September 29, 2019
ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle is a fully, rapidly reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and anywhere else in the solar system. On Saturday, September 28 at our launch facility in Cameron County, Texas, SpaceX Chief Engineer and CEO Elon Musk will provide an update on the design and development of Starship.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (CBS NEWS) – SpaceX founder Elon Musk showed off a towering prototype of his next-generation stainless steel “Starship” Saturday, telling a throng of reporters, cheering supporters and company workers the gleaming rocketships could begin piloted orbital test flights within the next year.
“With any development into uncharted territory, its difficult to predict these things with precision,” the tech billionaire said in a question-and-answer session. “But I do think things are going to move very fast.”
The futuristic-looking Starship, intended to carry passengers and cargo to Earth orbit, the moon and eventually Mars, is the upper stage of a fully reusable launch system featuring a “Super Heavy” booster powered by up to 37 methane-burning Raptor engines.
In its final form, Musk said the Super Heavy ideally will generate more than twice the 7.5-million-pound thrust of NASA’s legendary Saturn 5 moon rocket, still the most powerful operational launcher ever built.
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