SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he would provide an update on his company’s next-generation Starship rocket on “Thursday next week at 8pm Texas time.” This presentation will be the first one since the latest update we’ve seen in 2019.
Elon Musk will unveil new information about Starship on February 10th
SpaceX has been working on the project for several years at its test center in Boca Chica, Texas. Starship is meant to be lofted into orbit atop a huge booster called Super Heavy, transporting folks and goods to distant places like the Moon and Mars over time.
Thursday next week at 8pm Texas time
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 3, 2022
So far, SpaceX has carried out a few high-altitude trials with the spacecraft, but it has yet to send Starship into space. Musk’s company is waiting for clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly the huge spacecraft out of Boca Chica.
Musk has been delivering updates on his plans to build a huge rocket to send people into deep space and to Mars in the future for the past six years. Those ideas have changed considerably over time, and the rocket at the center of this project has gone through several design modifications and versions. The vehicle has had numerous names over the years, ranging from BFR to Mars Colonial Transporter to finally Starship.
In 2019, Elon Musk made a presentation at Boca Chica, where he stood in front of a complete prototype of the Starship. According to Musk’s tweet about the new presentation, it will occur on Thursday, February 10th at 9PM ET, but no other information has been provided.
NASA, on the other hand, has a keen interest in the vehicle. In 2021, NASA signed a $2.9 billion contract with SpaceX to create Starship as a lander that would take astronauts to the Moon’s surface.