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- Elon Musk showed the prototype to space enthusiasts and reporters
- SpaceX’s rocket development site is in a village of Boca Chica, Texas
- Rocket’s first orbital flight could come in the next six months
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has unveiled the latest iteration of his space company’s newly assembled Starship, outlining a speedy development timeline for the centrepiece vehicle of SpaceX’s quest to launch humans to the moon and Mars.
Elon Musk showed a crowd of space enthusiasts and reporters at SpaceX’s rocket development site late on Saturday in the remote village of Boca Chica, Texas, animations of Starship landing on the moon and Mars and predicted that the rocket’s first orbital flight could come in the next six months, followed by missions to space with humans aboard the next year.
“This is basically the holy grail of space,” Elon Musk said, standing between a towering, newly assembled Starship rocket and Falcon 1 — the company’s first vehicle whose debut orbital mission was celebrated by SpaceX 11 years ago.
“The critical breakthrough that’s needed for us to become a space-faring civilization is to make space travel like air travel,” said Elon Musk, who is also the chief executive of electric carmaker Tesla.