SpaceX’s Starship prototype was seen rolling onto its launch site in a video today, a Twitter user shared a stunning render of the Starship in NASA livery.
The artist, Erc X, regularly uploads renders of Starship on their Twitter and YouTube pages, and on more than one time has been given a shout out by Elon Musk himself.
This prototype version is called Ship 24 and is one of SpaceX’s most thrilling ventures. Starship is the world’s most powerful rocket and gives the promise of a genuinely reusable heavy lift space vehicle that could, according to Musk’s explicit promises, send cargo and crew to the Moon, Mars, and possibly beyond.
Since Starship is still in its testing phase, and without a hard date for its first orbital test, we don’t know for sure what it’s going to look like when it starts carrying out missions for NASA.
As pretty as it looks, the Starship has more than a few obstructions to get over before launching. SpaceX still needs full approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for orbital flights at Starbase, the company’s rocket complex in Boca Chica Beach, Texas. Right now, it only has conditional approval — SpaceX first needs to take measures to mitigate its environmental impact in the surrounding area, the FAA ruled.