The space industry’s primary hardware problem is its need for a “fully rapidly reusable orbital rocket,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Nov. 5 at U.S. Air Force Space Pitch Day where he was a surprise guest. “This is the holy grail.”
Shotwell: “We’re talking to the Army about Starlink and Starship."
SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company would start test flights of its next-generation Starship vehicle in as soon as one to two months and reach orbit in as little as six months, even as some complain the company is devoting too many resources to this project.
SpaceX plans to build facilities at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A for launches and, eventually, landings of its next-generation launch vehicle, according to a newly released report.
SpaceX performed a first, brief flight of a prototype of its next-generation launch system July 25 as the company makes plans for more ambitious tests.
Less than a week after laying off 10 percent of its employees, SpaceX said Jan. 16 that it plans to shift work on at least prototypes of its next-generation launch system from Los Angeles to Texas.
SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk says a redesigned test vehicle for the company’s next-generation reusable launch system could be ready for initial flights early next year.