Elon Musk’s dream is getting closer. The aerospace company’s founder said that the SpaceX Starship rocket will finally reach orbit this year.
The rocket is designed to take people and cargo to the Moon. And then to help make Mars colonization. The SpaceX Starship has been in the making for more than two years. In May 2021, the rocket reached an altitude of 10 km and landed safely.
During a live-streamed Starship update from Starbase, Texas Musk said “I feel, at this point, highly confident that we’ll get to orbit this year,”.
The billionaire seemed to be very optimistic, he said that in the future, SpaceX could build a Starship every three days.
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‘This would also allow 10 Starships to be launched, three times a day. Such a launch cadence would be critical to sustaining a human colony on Mars,’ Musk said.
In an email from Musk to SpaceX employees, asking them to work over the weekend on the Raptor engine. The CEO pushed his employees to speed up the production or they will face’ genuine risk of bankruptcy’.
The launching system consists of two elements: Super Heavy, which is a huge first-stage booster, and Starship, an upper-stage spacecraft.
SpaceX Starship vehicle tower is taller than any other rocket ever, it’s about 390 feet (119 meters) above the ground. Mush confirmed that Starship’s thrust will be more than twice that of the iconic Saturn V.