Elon Musk Unveils The Plans For SpaceX Spacecraft That Could Take 100 Humans To The Red Planet

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Billionaire Elon Musk revealed plans for a spacecraft that could take up to 100 people to Mars. The SpaceX owner posted images on Twitter of the test hopper prototype that is currently under construction in Texas.

He also responded to more inquiries from his followers about the spaceship and its rocket engine which is designed to carry a 150-ton payload into space.

The spacecraft will use stainless steel

After speculation that came from a user that the spacecraft will use stainless steel, Musk confirmed that it would use similar materials to the Atlas rockets that have been first produced in the 1950s.

“Stainless steel is correct, but a different mixture of alloys and new architecture,” he said.

The entrepreneur shared the details after the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket which lifted off from Texas on a separate mission to deliver a spy satellite into orbit.

He continued: “Actually, the only significant design element in common with early Atlas is stainless steel and we’re using a different alloy mix.”

He also said that the Raptor rocket engine that would help launch the spacecraft has been “radically designed.”

More details are coming in 2019

Musk said that more details about Starship would be revealed early next year after a test flight of the prototype.

I will do a full technical presentation of Starship after the test vehicle we’re building in Texas flies, so hopefully March/April,” he tweeted.

Earlier this year, Musk said SpaceX was planning to launch the first manned missions to Mars in 2024.

At the beginning of the month, a holiday shipment with Christmas turkey and more goodies was supposed to rocket towards the ISS and then back.

SpaceX launched this on a Falcon 9 rocket but the first-stage booster aimed for a touchdown on land back at Cape Canaveral after the job was done, but it ended up crashing into the Atlantic Ocean.


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