In a tweet this weekend, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that once SpaceX's Starship spacecraft completes its first successful test flight, people will be able to start reserving seats onboard the spacecraft that Musk and others are hoping will be able to carry the first human beings to Mars.
SpaceX Starship Seat Reservations to Begin Following Successful Test Flight
In a tweet Sunday evening, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that SpaceX was accelerating the development of Starship with an eye on Mars travel, prompting a response asking when people will be able to start reserving seats onboard SpaceX's stainless steel spaceship.
Musk replied saying that once Starship completes its first successful orbital test flight around Earth, such reservations will be available without providing any other details.
Accelerating Starship development to build the Martian Technocracy— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 23, 2019
After Starship returns from orbit— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 23, 2019
Earth— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 23, 2019
SpaceX's Starship is the next major project for the commercial space company founded by Musk in 2002 after the development of the Falcon Heavy rocket system. That system uses the company's Merlin rocket, while Starship will use SpaceX's new Raptor rocket, which is much more powerful.
While the company's ultimate goal is to bring humans to Mars to set up a human colony on the planet, Starship is also expected to enable travel to future moon outposts as well as provide rapid terrestrial travel, which could travel between New York and Tokyo in under an hour after achieving low-Earth orbit at speeds more than 25 times faster than commercial aircraft.