During the presentation, the SpaceX CEO announced he would like his Starship spacecraft to make it to orbit in six months, the Verge reports. It's over 165 feet (50 meters) tall, with three of SpaceX's reusable Raptor engines attached to its base.
In case you missed the news, last Saturday, at SpaceX's launch facility in Cameron County, Texas, SpaceX Chief Engineer and CEO Elon Musk provided an update on the design and development of Starship, which they expect will eventually ferry humans to Mars.
Of course, there's a lot that needs to go smoothly for this to happen, including an "exponentially" improved manufacturing process that, among other things, will use near-seamless rings of steel for the chassis instead of numerous welded plates.
Closely-held SpaceX now flies its workhorse Falcon 9 and more powerful Falcon Heavy rockets for customers that include NASA, commercial satellite operators and the US military. "Our plan is basically in one to two months to do the 20km flight with Starship Mk. 1".
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has unveiled the most recent iteration of his house firm's newly assembled Starship, outlining a speedy improvement timeline for the centerpiece vehicle of SpaceX's quest to launch people to the moon and Mars. It will launch on the 68-meter long Super Heavy rocket, also measuring 9 meters in diameter, and a number of engines varying, as Musk explained, depending on the mission's requirements, but would be a minimum of 24.
Musk also talked about the Falcon 1, which was standing next to the Starship prototype at the Boca Chica facility.
While the new Starship makes us believe that we will soon have a "multi-planetary" life, it requires a lot to live up to its claims made by Elon Musk, that too during a short span. This will be done within another six months, that is, sometime in next year.
For the past 17 years, SpaceX has been working toward the goal of making space travel accessible as well as cheaper for future space travellers.
"Starship will be the most powerful rocket in history, capable of carrying humans to the Moon, Mars, and beyond", SpaceX said in a tweet.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine poured a little cold water on proceedings, pointing out that while the Starship excitement was all well and good, maybe Musk and co could perhaps get on with sending crews to the ISS? "To be clear, the vast majority of our resources are [focused] on Falcon and Dragon, especially Crew Dragon".
And if tests go well, courageous explorers could start flying aboard it within the next year.