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STARSHIP UPDATE, Aug 24, 2019, Boca Chica, TX

In a series of tweets August 3-4, Elon Musk said that he will provide an update on his Starship program on August 24, 2019 at SpaceX’s Boca Chica, TX test site.  The company has been conducting “hop” tests of a Starship prototype, Starhopper, there.

The time is TBA.

Musk is developing Starship to take people and cargo to Earth orbit, to the Moon and to Mars.  Starship is both the spacecraft that will carry crew and/or cargo and the second stage of the Super Heavy rocket (formerly Big Falcon Rocket or BFR).

In one of the tweets he said “We should have Starship Mk1 with 3 Raptors almost ready to fly by then.”  Raptor is the name of the engine for Starship/Super Heavy.  One Raptor is used for the Starhopper prototype.  Seven are needed for Starship and 31 for Super Heavy’s first stage.

In another, he said the update will be a “detailed review of the first orbital Starship, explaining the pros & cons of each design decision.”


August 24
8:00 am - 11:00 pm