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11.20.19
Starship Progress

Watch SpaceX Complete Its Starship Prototype Live on YouTube

September 27th 19__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Off World
Elon Musk via Twitter/Victor Tangermann

Starship Stream

SpaceX is gearing up to complete the construction of its Starship MK1 prototype, which it’s planning to test in a matter of months. The historic spaceship is the largest upper stage ever built, according to Senior Space Editor at Ars Technica Eric Berger.

And now, you can watch SpaceX put together the first full-size prototype of its Starship in Boca Chica, Texas thanks to a 24/7 live stream on YouTube.

Making Progress

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been keeping us up to date on the progress of the prototype on Twitter.

So far, three Raptor rocket engines have been attached — that’s two more engines than the company’s “Starhopper” prototype, which was put through its paces earlier this year. A complete “Super Heavy” variant of the rocket will feature 41 Raptor engines, according to Musk.

The massive test rocket will feature six landing legs and two massive fins. The final rocket will be 165 feet tall and weigh 1,400 tons including fuel.

SpaceX has some ambitious plans for its Starship spacecraft. If everything goes according to plan — though the company still has an immense of work ahead — it will be able to carry up to 100 passengers all the way to Mars.

READ MORE: Elon Musk Just Dropped More Tantalizing Details About SpaceX’s Starship Prototype [Space.com]

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