Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has unveiled the latest iteration of his space company's newly acquired space star, describing a fast-paced mid-vehicle development timetable for SpaceX's quest to launch people to the moon and Mars.
Mr Musk told a crowd of space enthusiasts and reporters on the SpaceSex rocket development site late Saturday in the remote village of Boca Fica, Texas, animated landing animations of the moon and Mars and predicted the first could come. on the rocket for the next six months, followed by space missions with humans next year.
"This is in essence gravitational to space," Mr Musk said, standing between the beautiful, newly assembled Rocket Station rocket and Falcon 1 – the first vehicle of the company whose debut orbital launch was celebrated by SpaceX 11 years ago. .
"The critical step forward that we need to become a space civilization is to make space travel as air travel," said Mr Musk, who is also chief executive of electric car maker Tesla AD.
Starship, a shiny steel rocket ship designed to carry dozens of people to the Moon and Mars, is the first half of the massive 118-foot-high interplanetary Musketeer rocket, the latest addition to SpaceX's lineup of launch vehicles that can be used once. . Mr Musk has appointed Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as the first private traveler to hip-hop in 2018.
The village of Boca Cica, a few miles north of the border with Mexico, is a zero-sum for a three-year Spicex Starter Testing Experiment, whose rocket-propelled tests have struck the nerve of residents living in remote areas for about two miles. . away
"I think the real danger to the village of Boka Cica is small, but not small," Mr Musk said during a question and answer session. "So it will probably be better over time to buy the villages, and we have made an offer for that purpose."
Some residents have rejected SpaceX's non-negotiable bid to buy their homes three times the market value.
A three-pronged rocket prototype named Starhopper launched the test in the village twice since July, recently flying 152 meters and landing on an adjoining concrete slab to test Mr Rocket's next-generation rocket. Musk, called Raptor.
Mr. Musk's mission to the moon has been aligned with NASA's goal of sending people there by 2024 under its Artemis program, a deep-space accelerated initiative launched by the Trump administration in March that aims to work with a small number of US space companies were building a long-lived presence on the lunar surface before finally colonizing Mars.
The space agency has selected SpaceX to discover how to land vehicles on the lunar surface and help develop a rocket-fueled refueling system – such as Starship – in space, "an important technology to aid continuous research efforts on the Moon and Mars." "NASA said in a statement Friday.
NASA awards SpaceX and Boeing Co. a total of $ 6.8 billion to build competing systems with rockets and capsules to launch astronauts into orbit from US soil for the first time since 2011.
"I look forward to announcing SpaceX tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Commercial crew is several years behind schedule, "NASA Administrator Jimen Bridenstein said in a statement Friday night. "NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm for US taxpayer investment. It is time to deliver ”