Just before midnight, Elon Musk twitted two new renders of the forthcoming BFR, making people on Twitter go crazy and asking for more information. We wrapped up as much as we could and found out some interesting details.
First of all, that’s a big freaking rocket! And, looking at the photo – it pretty much looks like a space shark.
Right in time for the reveal of the mystery passenger that would be the first human SpaceX sends to space, Elon Musk showed off his BFR. The ship is 106 meters long, and it was announced last year. At that time, he stated that the ship would have 40 cabins with enough space for 100 people.
The booster will have 31 Raptor engines, and the ship will have 7 Raptor engines, all arranged like a honeycomb – which look more like a shark’s teeth.
In the second photo, you can see a small wing closer to the nose. Musk explained that it is a forward-moving wing that will retract or expands when needed.
The first render of the ship was made public on Thursday when the company announced that they picked a passenger for the first flight around the moon:
“SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle—an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space.”
The BFR will fly “space tourists” around the moon, as SpaceX’s CEO stated last year.
As for who the mystery passenger is, Musk gave us all a hint on Twitter by posting the flag of Japan when asked about the nationality of the flyer.
That was all Twitter needed – they started throwing names of wealthy people like Yusaku Maezawa and Hideo Kojima, the legendary video game designer.
SpaceX will soon reveal the identity of the first passenger today, at 6 p.m. PT via webcast.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.