SpaceX’s Starship “hopper” has transformed from a pile of steel into something that looks a lot more like a rocket, new photos revealed on Thursday. The test rocket, due to launch sometime this year, will demonstrate the capabilities of the larger Starship planned to send the first humans to Mars and kickstart a new era of space exploration.
The images, captured at SpaceX’s Boca Chica test facility in Texas, show the “hopper” has started to resemble the concept image published by CEO Elon Musk earlier this week, with a stainless steel finish that Musk described as looking like “liquid silver.” This is not the final rocket, as while it has the same 30-foot diameter as the planned Starship, the eventual rocket is expected to be much taller. Initial plans outlined in September 2017 showed what was then called the “BFR” measuring 348 feet tall, but Musk announced in November 2018 the rocket had undergone a redesign that was “delightfully counter-intuitive.”Read More... Photos Show SpaceX's Futuristic Starship ‘Hopper’ Nearing Completion