On Thursday, Elon Musk revealed on Twitter the SpaceX Starship, a rocket he said would someday transport humans to Mars.
The rocket has a kind of retro, resembling rockets portrayed at the beginning of science fiction. Musk's image has a person in a space suit next to it to illustrate their scale.
The rocket – renamed from the original Big Falcon Rocket is actually a "hopper" and part of the two-part spacecraft that Musk hopes to bring humans to the red planet.
The Starship orbital will be similar to Falcon rockets in which there will be two stages: the Super Heavy Booster that will land back on Earth after the Earth's gravitational spacecraft, and then the spacecraft that will take people to Mars.
Just as the 9 Falcon stages have been tested for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), so will Starship, which means it will not take long-haul flights. Musk said in a tweet that the test should begin in the next four to eight weeks.
If all goes well, the spacecraft will be at the top of a Super Heavy, similar to the Falcon Heavy launched successfully in February 2018 and bound for Mars. That Star Ship Musk tweeted, "is taller, has thicker skins (not wrinkles) and a section of the nose gently curved".
SpaceX is preparing to test the launch of its Crew Dragon, which would take the astronauts to the International Space Station. In 2014, NASA awarded SpaceX and Boeing contracts to build spacecraft to take astronauts back into space. Since 2011, the agency has Russia's Soyuz rockets with a hefty price tag of about $ 80 million per flight. The launch was scheduled for January 17, but due to the US government's blockade, it was pushed to February at the earliest.