SpaceX's Next Starship Prototype Nearly Finished, Elon Musk Says (Photos) | 9/23/2019 | Mike Wall
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It looks like Elon Musk will have a pretty nice visual aid when he gives his highly anticipated Starship update this weekend.

On Saturday (Sept. 28), the SpaceX founder and CEO plans to reveal the latest design details of Starship and Super Heavy — the 100-passenger spaceship and the huge rocket, respectively, that the company is developing to send people to the moon, Mars and other distant destinations.

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The talk will take place at SpaceX's South Texas facilities near the village of Boca Chica, where the company is building a Starship prototype known as the Mk1. And this test vehicle is really starting to take shape, as two photos Musk tweeted on Sunday (Sept. 22) reveal.

One of the pictures shows technicians installing stability-controlling rear fins on Starship Mk1, Musk said. The other image shows the Mk1 bottom half, now finned up, apparently getting ready for a big construction milestone.

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"Bottom half of Starship at night. Top half with forward fins & header tanks probably stacks on Wednesday. Three Raptors already installed," Musk wrote about this second photo.

In another Sunday tweet, Musk added that the Mk1 fairing — the protective "nose cone" that surrounds payloads during launch — will be mounted by Saturday. So, the billionaire entrepreneur will likely have a fully stacked Mk1 as his backdrop when he makes his presentation.

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The Raptor is the next-generation engine that will power Starship and Super Heavy. Both the Mk1 and the Mk2 — another prototype that SpaceX is developing at its Florida facilities...
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