Less than three years after dazzling the world with a slideshow about going to Mars, SpaceX founder and real-life comic book character Elon Musk goals to present a progress report. However, we’ll have to wait until after his red planet rocket will get off the ground for the first time.
Musk mentioned Sunday on Twitter that he “will do Starship presentation a couple of weeks after Hopper hovers, so prob late July.”
SpaceX has been constructing a Starhopper prototype of its Starship vehicle on the firm’s facility in south Texas. Starship is the vehicle Musk, and SpaceX hopes to use for a highly publicized trip around the moon in a couple of years, in addition to for future trips to Mars and even perhaps high-speed international flights via space.
To this point, testing of Starhopper has been limited to hold-down firings of its single Raptor engine. Plans for it to lift off the ground and at least hover (or “hop”) before landing have been delayed in current weeks.
Musk additionally mentioned Sunday that Starhopper is “almost ready to hover” after a vibration downside with the Raptor engine was resolved.
The Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO has conceded prior to now that he is not always great about sticking to his timelines. Starship, however, looks as if it could be progressing steadily towards a first crewed trip to Mars in 2024 as hoped. After all, it still has to get off the ground first.