SpaceX: Starship Mk1 'Almost Ready' with Presentation Announced for August 24

Elon Musk says Starship MK1 will be "almost ready to fly" by the time of the presentation.

Starship updates are coming thick and fast as SpaceX prepares for a new presentation this month detailing their progress with the Mars-bound rocket ship.

One of these came from an Elon Musk tweet in which he suggested the orbital flight version of Starship could be ready around the time of the presentation.


Boca Chica it is

In a Twitter thread looking back at SpaceX's first successful orbital launch, Elon Musk was asked if there were any updates about Starship - the spacecraft that will eventually take human beings to Mars.

He revealed the date for the expected SpaceX presentation with the following tweet:

The reason the presentation could either be in Cape Canaveral or Boca Chica is that two separate SpaceX teams are working on separate prototypes in each location.

When one tweeter, from the Boca Chica area, Texas, pleaded with the SpaceX CEO to hold the presentation in Boca Chica, Musk obliged — perhaps he was convinced by the lure of good tacos.

Starship prototype pics

Several SpaceX enthusiasts have also revealed photos online of the prototype Starship's construction.

Chris B revealed, images in which the spacecraft resembles London's Gherkin tower, and Barcelona's Torre Agbar:

More pictures were revealed by Jon Van Horne:

Elon Musk himself just tweeted images of the prototype's 9m dome rotation and Starship airframe:

The SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink founder followed this by saying he is "headed to Starship Cape Canaveral build site today."

SpaceX: Starship Mk1 'Almost Ready' with Presentation Announced for August 24
An artist's rendering of Starship. Source: SpaceX/Flickr

What do we know?

While SpaceX and space enthusiasts will be eagerly anticipating updates at the August 24 presentation, we currently know that SpaceX is following its recent successful untethered Starhopper hop test with a higher flight.


Musk gave the following update on July 26:

The August 24 presentation will provide us with a clearer picture of how close SpaceX is to delivering on its promise of getting human beings to Mars before 2030.

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