Elon Musk just gave us a peek into the first test version of SpaceX’s Starship. The shiny spaceflight has just finished being assembled at SpaceX’s launch site in Texas.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
Sharing more details about the starship, Musk added:”This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section.” VTOL stands for “vertical take-off and landing.”
The body diameter of Starship is about 30 feet (9 meters), he added.
Twitter user Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo managed to get up close to the hopper prototype and posted:
It's so beautiful in person!
SpaceX did an amazing job. I visited the site yesterday. 👽🚀 pic.twitter.com/66ZThWAh0o
— Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@JaneidyEve) January 11, 2019