SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled a prototype design of its next-generation Starship spacecraft that will take people or cargo to the moon, Mars or other destinations in space or around Earth.
“Starship will allow us to inhabit other worlds to make life as we know it multi-planetary,” Musk said in a tweet. According to Musk, Starship has been designed for full, “rapid reusability”.
The latest version of the Starship was showcased at the company’s test site at Boca Chica in South Texas in the US on September 28.
SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft will be capable of carrying up to 100 people on long-duration interplanetary flights and deliver as much as around 100 tons of payload for building bases on Moon and Mars cities. Musk’s ultimate goal is to colonise Mars over the next 100 years and he has been quite vocal of his idea in the past.
According to the SpaceX CEO, the Earth will face a near-extinction event at some point in time, which is why a “backup” plan for all humankind is needed.
Earlier this year, Musk shared pictures of the orbital prototype of Starship from the company’s Texas site. Musk tweeted out pictures of dome-shaped bulkhead of the Starship as well as its airframe behind windbreak. The bulkhead measures 9 meters in diameter.