SpaceX Makes Progress on Starship Prototype Design

first_imgStay on target ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas Following a successful test hop for the Starhopper prototype, SpaceX is ready to move on to the next phase of the Starship design process, which involves completing a prototype for the Mars-bound spacecraft.The company, which aims to transport people to the moon and Mars in the future, is now building orbital Starship prototypes, Mk1 and Mk2, at facilities in Texas and Florida, CBNC.com reported. On Monday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teased photos on Twitter and they give a behind-the-scenes look at Mk1, a Starship prototype under construction at SpaceX’s Texas-based facility, Space.com noted.Just left Starship Texas build site. Very proud of progress SpaceX team has made! Pics are of 9m dome rotation & Starship airframe behind windbreak. pic.twitter.com/1cmOzkPlkn— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2019“Just left Starship Texas build site,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “Very proud of progress SpaceX team has made!”The tweet, which was posted on Aug. 5, also features four photos of a nine-meter dome rotation as it’s being prepared to be placed on the stainless steel frame of the Starship prototype vehicle. The photos also feature a giant structure, which according to Musk, is a “windbreak,” that is used to shield the prototype from Texas winds that ruined SpaceX’s Starhopper prototype earlier this year.Unlike the Starhopper prototype, Mk1 and Mk2 will be different in terms of design and layout. Starhopper has one Raptor engine and will stay within our planet’s atmosphere during tests, while Mk1 and Mk2 will have at least three Raptor engines and are made to reach orbit, according to Musk.Very convincing! Ok, Boca it is. We should have Starship Mk1 with 3 Raptors almost ready to fly by then.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 4, 2019The final version of Starship is expected to have six Raptor engines and ferry 100 passengers to the moon and Mars. Super Heavy, a giant rocket that will launch Starship up to space, will have 35 of these advanced engines.Great progress by Starship Cape team. Started several months behind, but catching up fast. This will be a super fun race to orbit, moon & Mars!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2019However, these design specifications might change. Over the weekend, Musk announced that he will provide a Starship design update on Aug. 24 at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility in Texas. Following this update, Mk1 will be almost ready to experience its first flight.More on Geek.com:SpaceX’s Starhopper Prototype Completes First Free-Flying Test HopWatch: SpaceX Boat Catches Falcon 9 Rocket Nose Cone at SeaNASA Taps SpaceX, Blue Origin to Boost Space Techlast_img read more