Musk dropped a few more details about the prototype: "This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won't wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section." VTOL stands for "vertical take-off and landing." Musk says the body diameter of Starship is about 30 feet (9 meters).
The SpaceX founder also retweeted a video taken by Twitter user Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo showing the rocket as seen out of a car window driving by.
Musk says the first Starship orbital prototype should be done around June. The current version will be used for short "hopper" flights that send it up and then bring it back down to test launch and landing systems.
The entrepreneur has big plans for Starship. SpaceX already sold out a voyage around the moon with a hoped-for launch date in 2023. It will be interesting to follow along as Starship moves toward actual space travel.
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