It's no secret that SpaceX has been constructing its Starship test vehicle -- it's easy for curious onlookers to snap photos. But what will it look like when it's finished? You don't have to wonder. Elon Musk has posted concept artwork showing what the completed vehicle will look like. It's surprisingly pretty for a prototype if borrowing more than a few cues from 1950s sci-fi with its gleaming stainless steel body.
The test mule will be 30 feet across like the completed Starship, but it'll be shorter and will unsurprisingly go without windows. It's intended to fly suborbital 'Grasshopper' flights and prove that the basic formula is sound before moving on to orbital missions in 2020.
You might not have to wait long to see how well the concept lines up with reality. SpaceX currently expects to fly the test craft sometime in March or April, or about half a year earlier than first thought. While you'll still have to be patient before you have a glimpse at the finished Starship, this is a good a sign as any that SpaceX's plans are solidifying.
Earlier, Tesla boss Elon Musk had revealed the words he would want to be written on his gravestone and just to warn the weak-hearted it involves-humour.
The electric car innovator, hoping that his contributions to the automobile industry will remain etched throughout the ages, or however long gravestones last, took to Twitter and expressed his hope that his invention of an alternate the fuel-powered car would be mentioned in his epitaph.
Earlier, Musk said there is a "70 percent" chance he'll go to Mars. There have been a "recent number of breakthroughs" that have made it possible, he said. And as he hinted before, it'd likely be a one-way trip ad he expects to "move there."
“I know exactly what to do,” the billionaire Tesla founder said. “I’m talking about moving there.”