If you think this week's SpaceX Starhopper test flight was incredible, just wait.
This is the message from SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk on the heels of the successful launch of his Starhopper company on Tuesday (August 27th). In a Twitter post on Wednesday (August 28th), Musk said SpaceX's next prototype of SpaceX will launch at 12 miles (20 kilometers) in just one month, with an orbital launch that will follow "shortly after." Starhopper is aiming for a ceiling of 500 feet (150 meters) in a recent test.
"Aim for a 20 km flight in October and orbit shortly after," Musk said on Twitter before making another promise to his followers. "Starship will be updated on September 28, the anniversary of SpaceX's orbit. Starship Mk 1
Video: Watch the SpaceX startup in Epic Flight  This Starship update is expected to be the annual launch of Musk during the tweaks and design changes of the reusable system from last year . Musk has been giving a presentation every year since 2016, when he first introduced the ambitious space transportation system at the International Astronautical Union meeting in Mexico City.
Initially, Musk called the all-in-one heavy lift launch system the Interplanetary Transport System or the ITS for the colonization of Mars. A year later, at the IAU meeting in Adelaide, Australia, Musk introduced an updated design and a new name: The Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR.
Aim for a 20 km flight in an attempt on October and orbit shortly after. The Starship update will be on September 28, the anniversary of SpaceX's orbit. Starship Mk 1 will be fully assembled by then. August 28, 2019
Then in September 2018, Musk dropped a bomb. At SpaceX's rocket factory in Hawthorne, California, he revealed that the company had signed Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as the first client for a Starship flight around the moon in 2023. Musk also introduced another updated design for the launch system (still called BFR). , The Starship name (and Super Heavy for its first booster) were introduced later.
SpaceX's current plans for Starship call for a 100-passenger spacecraft powered by six of the Raptor's rocket engines. By comparison, Starhopper uses a single Raptor engine, while the Mark 1 Starship will apparently use three Raptors for early testing. When Starship and Super Heavy are on the launch pad, they will stand 388 feet (118 meters) high, Musk said.
These details may change on September 28, when Musk reveals its update on Starship and Super Heavy. He said the presentation will be held at SpaceX's Boca Chica test site in South Texas, Starhopper's home and Starship's first prototype, Mark 1. (The second, Mark 2, is being built at SpaceX's facility near Cape Canaveral, Florida. .)