I love the look of SpaceX’s shiny Starship. To me, it looks like a rocket out of 1950’s sci-fi film. But it’s not sci-fi, as it could realistically one-day ferry humans to and from the Moon and Mars.
But there’s a long way to go until all of that happens.
In 2019 the prototype “Starhopper” had a couple of successful liftoffs – 20 and 150 meters. This has led to SpaceX working on a bigger and better model, which will take a lot of testing before any cargo, let alone humans are lifted off into space aboard it.
According to Paul Wooster, the principal Mars development engineer at SpaceX, the company has worked for over four years on optimizing the vehicle, now known as SN1, and things are starting to take shape.
Elon Musk spent the day before and after Christmas working on the pressurized fuel tank domes for the SN1. He has stated that he would like to get a flight-worthy model to the launch pad near Boca Chica Beach in South Texas in the next few months.