Elon Musk posts first glimpse of SpaceX's finished Starship test vehicle

James Marshall
January 11, 2019

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the first pictures of a retro-looking, steely rocket called Starship that may one day carry people to the Moon and Mars.

The Starship vehicle was formerly known as the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a fully reusable vehicle created to take humans and supplies to Mars and also to dramatically cut travel time within Earth.

This is a prototype version, nicknamed the "Hopper", that has been assembled at the SpaceX launch site in Texas.

Musk posted the photograph of the Starship to his Twitter account, with some people noting how textured the exterior of the spacecraft is in comparison to the computer render that was teased a few days before. The company also reportedly plans to replace their current Falcon and Falcon Heavy rockets with this starship model in the near future, making the success of the hopper extremely important to the company.

An orbital version of the Starship will be taller, have thicker skins to avoid wrinkling, and a smoother nose.

Musk said the company should have its first orbital prototype by June, Mashable.com reported.

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