'Mars is looking real': SpaceX's Starship prototype SN5 aces key 'hop' towards interplanetary travel
The stainless-steel craft lifted itself into the air, and travelled sideways in a brief, uncrewed flight before sticking its landing as planned.
The Starship rocket stands at 120 metres and is designed to carry humans and 90,718 kgs of cargo to the moon and Mars.
The US Space Command chief visited SpaceX’s Starlink factory in Washington but didn't elaborate on the Pentagon’s plans.
Currently, NASA is SpaceX's main customer and expanding to support the US military is the next logical step.
Space Week 2019: A year for tech demonstrations, space oddities, commitments to explore the Moon; Part II
We’re bound to see some very exciting things happening on the moon soon – particularly if plans laid out by billionaires space entrepreneurs pan out.
The latest iteration of the Starship Mars spacecraft was revealed to a crowd of space enthusiasts and reporters at SpaceX's Boca Chica facility.
There are nine possible locations and they are all lat, warm and hazard-free, with frozen water beneath it.
The Mars rocket completed a seemingly-successful low-altitude test of its next-generation Raptor engine.
If followed through, Musk's dream of a permanent Mars settlement could be the most expensive construction project ever undertaken.
Starship is a central part of Musk’s interplanetary space travel ambitions and NASA’s Artemis mission.
Why not 42? Musk had the same thought and nurses hope that the final count will be 42.
Part of the Starhopper went up in flames after a fuel leak, apart from which the static fire test was a success, SpaceX said.
The Starhopper moved one hop closer to its futuristic, intergalactic potential by passing this test.
The test, short though it was, reveals a lot to the engineers working on its development.
The heat shield doubles as added strength...something that hasn't been done before: Musk.
The first test flights of the Starship prototype — suborbital "hops" — could come as early as March or April.
In December, SpaceX was reported to raise $500 million, taking its valuation to $30.5 billion.
The shape & build of the future Mars hopper bears resemblance to a rocket from a 1950s Tintin comic.
Instead of upgrading Falcon 9 for more reusability, SpaceX was now focusing on "accelerating BFR".
Project Daedelous, so far the most audacious plan to place humans on a star within 100 years, would develop a gigantic spaceship weighing 50,000 tonnes...