Elon Musk, the chief executive of SpaceX, a US space exploration technology company, has hinted that he will host the annual Starship update in September, which could showcase the company’s progress at its Southern Texas rocket plant over the past 12 months,media reported.
SpaceX is one of three companies funded by NASA totalling $1 billion to develop a lunar system capable of sending cargo and humans to the moon.
It is reported that the company will use the starship as a lander, and the spacecraft will be launched through its Super Heavy launch vehicle.
The company’s starship, the largest manned spacecraft in human history and can carry a hundred people, will be a key vehicle for Musk to achieve his ambitious goal of settling on Mars. Like the Falcon 9 rocket, the starship will be able to redouble multiple flights in the future.
Eventually, the company hopes to replace its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets with starships, which are still in their early stages of development, and the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets have been tested several times.
For now, SpaceX engineers are busy designing new engines and increasingly complex prototypes of the starship. Late last month, the company exploded during a static ignition test of its starship prototype SN4’s Raptor engine.
SpaceX may take years to complete a regular, fully reusable starship launch, but that doesn’t mean there’s no progress.
Musk said it plans to outline the substantial progress the company has made at the Starship update event in September.