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Watch SpaceX’s Starship presentation at 8PM ET

Musk has beforehand hinted that the occasion would possibly showcase the finished prototype forward of its first suborbital flight. There’s additionally a risk that will slim down the time-frame for that flight, which could occur as quickly as October. Other updates might embody design tweaks and revisions of the long-term schedule. Many particulars aren’t set in stone, and there is a probability you might even see vital modifications.

As it stands now, the prototype could have three Raptor engines (six within the completed model) and may attain an altitude of as much as 12.5 miles earlier than returning to Earth. The ultimate craft is supposed to enter industrial service by 2021, full a vacationer journey across the Moon by 2023 and finally conduct missions across the Solar System. It’s not sure that SpaceX will attain these targets, nonetheless. The agency is thought for its optimistic timelines (it first anticipated a Falcon Heavy take a look at flight in 2013), and hasn’t even constructed the Super Heavy Booster wanted for extra formidable missions. Loads must fall into place for SpaceX to fulfill its targets, and you’ll have a greater sense of its progress after the presentation.

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