Published On: Sat, Sep 28th, 2019

Elon Musk news: SpaceX founder unleashes groundbreaking update on Mars mission rocket | World | News

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has revealed fresh details about the interstellar companies Starship prototype. The billionaire’s project intends to take people to the moon, Mars, and other distant destinations and is set to dish out new news about the Starship ahead of a big presentation over the weekend.

Today, Mr Musk will reveal the latest design of Starship and Superheavy, two ships designed to be reusable and make space travel a viable commercial option.

The presentation will happen at SpaceX’s south Texas facilities where the company is building a Starship prototype called the MK1.

SpaceX and Mr Musk hope to conduct the ships first test flight as soon as next month.

The test flight will not feature a crew and, according to Mr Musk, will reach an altitude of about 12 miles.

The entrepreneur, who founded SpaceX in 2002, has been giving eager fans, scientists and engineers snapshots of the ships construction process over the past few weeks.

Earlier this week he tweeted out a string of photos of the partly finished stainless-steel vehicle being lifted onto a transporter.

Mr Musk also addressed several questions that had been put to him by followers.

He explained that this prototype will stand at 165 feet and will weigh 1,400 tons when filled up.

JUST IN:Elon Musk unveils clearest view yet of Starship’s three Raptor engines

Mr Musk has said at least three of the six of his next MK1 and MK2 engines will be powered by the company’s next-generation Raptor engines.

He also posted three photos to his Twitter feed that revealed what the three engine alignment looks like.

The Raptor is SpaceX’s signature engine designed to put out a minimum of 170 tons of force for interplanetary travel.

The engine is powered by a mix of super-cooled liquid methane and liquid oxygen.

The supercooled gases, the California-based company has claimed, will give the Raptor a 10 to 20 percent boost against conventional rockets.

The company believes the engines will be reusable for up to 1,000 spaceflights.

Mr Musk, originally from South Africa, moved to Canada just before his 18th birthday to study at university against his father’s wishes.

From there, Mr Musk set up a series of tech companies and small start-ups, raising money from investors.

It culminated in his first big break, co-founding PayPal and later selling it on to eBay for $1.5billion (£1.2billion).

Mr Musk was able to invest much of the money made from the PayPal sale into his new venture, SpaceX, which has grown in as far as it now plans to be the first private space company to land on Mars.

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