Busy hands are happy hands over at SpaceX, that’s for sure.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX steam hasn’t died off yet it actually picked up into a higher gear as details of the latest Starship prototype is shared by the tech mogul himself on his Twitter account, Wednesday.
SN 5 & 6 at Starship Production Complex in Texas pic.twitter.com/8BVRD5VdU7— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 11, 2020
The image shows the crude exterior yet the massive size of both of the prototypes, SN5 and SN6. Though lacking the cosmetic features of the final iteration of the craft, its sheer size warrants attention on itself.
SN7 will be new alloy test tank taken to burst pressure. SN8 will have body flaps & nosecone.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 11, 2020
Future prototypes, SN7 and SN8, will feature additional features not present during the earlier prototypes i.e. nose cone, etc.
SpaceX has been conducting several tests behind the scenes when it comes to its Starship prototypes. This includes the company testing out different materials on its craft as reported by Mike Brown on website Inverse.
The finished product is expected to be 160 feet tall (50 meters) with a diameter of 30 feet (nine meters). Its rocket booster, which the company calls ‘Super Heavy booster’, will add more than 230 feet (more than 70 meters) to its height. This will make the whole ship look like a towering figure against the horizon with a height of more than 400 feet (122 meters).
Possible passenger capacity of the craft in its 1,000 cubic meters pressurized cabin space will be a hundred individuals.
There are reportedly more tests, called ‘hop tests’, in the foreseeable future as the company gears up for its first mission, expected to take place next year.