Elon Musk just posted pictures of the first test version of SpaceX’s Starship rocket, which is now ready for its first test flight.
Previously known as the "Big Falcon Rocket" (BFR,) the Starship will be used in super heavy-lift launch vehicle that is meant for longer journeys to the moon and Mars.
"Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering," Musk wrote in a tweet.
The test rocket will be first launched for uborbital test flights. it has been specially designed for vertical take off and landing tests.
"This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won't wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section," Must added.
VTOL stands for "vertical take-off and landing." Musk says the body diameter of Starship is about 30 feet.
“Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section,” Must explained.
According to Musk, SpaceX will complete its first orbital prototype by June this year.
SpaceX already sold out a voyage around the moon with a hoped-for launch date in 2023.