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SpaceX is getting closer to its making its next big leap with the Starship super-heavy launch system. With hover tests now complete, the public is eagerly awaiting the completion of the full-scale prototypes and for orbital testing to begin. Never one to disappoint, Elon Musk has been posting regular updates on Twitter showcasing the latest progress of the Starship Mk.1 and Mk.2.
The latest images – which were shared on Tuesday, Sept. 17th – show the orbital-class test vehicles being assembled at the company’s facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Florida. In the first image, which Musk caption with a Star Wars reference (Droid Junkyard, Tatooine), we see the stainless steel Starship standing tall amid a whole lot of construction equipment and material.
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In the second image, Musk showed a section of the prototype Starship being lowered onto the main body. Playing on the saucer-like appearance of the section and the little dome on top (not to mention the way the Boca Chica facility has drawn comparisons to a certain secret military testing facility in Nevada) he captioned this tweet with the words “Area 51 of Area 51”.
Once assembled, the Mk.1 and Mk.2 will conduct free-flight testing that will see them reach suborbital altitudes and then return to Earth under their own power. According to recent filings with the FAA (Sept. 9th, 2019),...
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