SpaceX Starts Construction of its Third Rocketship

Aerial footage shows SpaceX has started construction on a third rocket.
Donna Fuscaldo

SpaceX, the rocketship company owned by Elon Musk, reportedly now has three Starship rockets being constructed at the startup's facilities in Flordia and Texas. 

John Winkopp, a former commercial pilot took an aerial video of the rockets and shared it with CNBC. The Starship rocket, which is 50 meters in length, comes equipped with three Raptor engines. The rocketships are designed to bring cargo and someday passengers to the moon, Mars and even beyond.  



Video captures initial bands of stainless steel for rocketship 

The video captured by Winkopp shows the initial bands of stainless steel that will be used for a third SpaceX rocketship. According to reports the company is now building two at its facility in Coca, Flordia and one at its facility located in Boca Chica, Texas. 


Musk hopes to have rocket in orbit in six months 

The new footage comes a few weeks after Musk provided an update about his rockets in a live-streaming presentation. Musk said the company will begin suborbital testing of the Mk2 in the next month or two.  During that presentation, he said he hoped the spacecraft would make it to orbit in six months.  “This is going to sound totally nuts, but I think we want to try to reach orbit in less than six months,” Musk said. “Provided the rate of design improvement and manufacturing improvement continues to be exponential, I think that is accurate to within a few months.”

Earlier in October Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator said SpaceX could launch astronauts with its Crew Dragon spacecraft as soon as the beginning of 2020, which would be a momentous moment for space exploration by Americans. 

"If everything goes according to plan, it would be in the first quarter of next year. But remember—and this is the important thing that we have to get right on messaging—there are still things that we can learn or could learn that could be challenging that we have to resolve," Bridenstine said. "I'm not saying that's going to happen, I don't know. That's why we test."

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