Can this tin can fly? Elon Musk shows off Starship Hopper prototype
Recently, Space X alien Elon Musk took to Twitter to reveal the “Hopper” starship test flight rocket prototype and, to be honest, it looks type fragile. Still, Musk hopes that his intergalactic tin can will succeed in its suborbital test launch in the near future.
The image he posted of the Starship prototype shows a wrinkled, shiny, and metal rocket. Lowkey, it will remind you of something you probably would’ve “cheffed up” for a middle school science fair project. The only difference is that it stands at a 120 feet tall (Obvi, not the only difference).
“This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (won’t wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
Beyond some unknowing critics stating that the spaceship is “Reynolds Wrap approved,” fellow experts within the tech space have claimed that the space mobile is straight up gorgy.
Still, could Musk be geeing it? Five days before posting the unrendered image of the prototype he finessed the world with a rendered image of what SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing vehicle was actually supposed to look like.
Can we rely on the Tesla CEO to deliver? Like SpaceX’s Grasshopper, the Starship Hopper will take off and look to hover 5km above the ground before being brought back down to land.
Those tests proved quite successful and there is no doubt that the starship’s suborbital flights will have the same result. After all, Musk is the Einstein of our generation.
There is a lot in store for humanity if the tests for the stainless steel refuelable starship go as planned. Musk promises that the sleeker orbital version will be ready by June 2019 and that SpaceX’s first mission to Mars will launch in 2022.