Elon Musk takes you inside Starship with new video


Tesla CEO Elon Musk presented new details about the company's enormous Starship rocket at the company's test site in Boca Chica, Texas, On Saturday.

He predicted the rocket's first orbital flight could come in the next six months, followed by human missions to space in the next year.

The Starship will "be the most powerful rocket in history, capable of carrying humans to the Moon, Mars, and beyond", SpaceX said in a tweet.

"The vital breakthrough that is required for the United States to become a voyage civilization is to form voyage like air", Musk said.

Musk spoke in front of a 50-meter, 200-ton Starship prototype, calling it "the most inspiring thing that I've ever seen".

The short clip appears to show Musk standing in the center of the cargo bay as he swirls his smartphone around to give users a good look. "A rapidly reusable rocket is basically the holy grail of space".

He explained that it's essential for the viability of space travel to be able to reuse spacecraft and that it's important to take steps to extend consciousness beyond our planet.

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"It's much more related to a skydiver", Musk stated at the event.

Musk livestreamed the official unveiling of the spacecraft and said that the space venture's Starship is expected to take off for the first time in about one or two months and reach 65,000 feet before landing back on Earth.

"This is gonna sound totally nuts, but I think we want to try to reach orbit [1,200 miles] in less than six months", Musk mentioned. "The point is to inspire the public", Musk said on Saturday evening. Not only is Starship 160 feet tall, but when stacked on the first stage rocket that's going to take it into orbit, the entire system skyrockets (ever so much pun intended) to 383 feet tall.

The area vessel will then be boosted from the Earth's floor by a yet-to-be-tested Tremendous Heavy rocket, which may have 37 Raptor engines to offer twice as a lot thrust as NASA's Saturn V, probably the most highly effective rocket constructed so far that was utilized in crewed moon missions between 1967 and 1973.

David Whitehouse, a former BBC science correspondent, said: "Elon Musk talked about sending thousands of people to Mars in a few years". Last September, Musk revealed that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa booked the first trip aboard Starship-a jaunt around the moon scheduled to occur sometime in 2023.

But this time a year ago, the site of his speech was just a mound of dirt, and now it's sprouted a suborbital vehicle the company says will fly in just a few weeks.