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Elon Musk showcases SpaceX's Starship test rocket

IANS  |  San Francisco 

has for the first time offered a glimpse of the company's Starship test flight rocket, dubbed the "Hopper".

"Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @Texas This is an actual picture, not a rendering," Musk tweeted, while posting an image of the vehicle on Thursday.

The Starship vehicle was formerly known as the Big Rocket (BFR), a fully reusable vehicle designed to take humans and supplies to Mars and also to dramatically cut within Earth.

This two-stage vehicle -- composed of a Booster and a Ship -- is designed to eventually replace the company's 9, Heavy and the Dragon

It is designed to service all Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars.

The Starship Hopper that Musk showcased will do suborbital vertical flight tests similar to the Falcon 9 Hopper back in 2013.

"Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won't wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section," he added.

Musk said the company should have its first orbital prototype by June, Mashable.com reported.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 13:56 IST
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