Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spacecraft Starship

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SpaceX Unveils Interplanetary Spacecraft Starship
Speaking on the 11th anniversary of a SpaceX rocket reaching orbit for the first time, Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk aka real-life ‘Iron Man’ on Saturday unveiled a SpaceX spacecraft ‘Starship’ designed to carry crew and cargo to the moon, Mars or anywhere else in the solar system and land on Earth perpendicularly.

Musk, who was addressing a curious bunch of space enthusiasts and reporters at SpaceX’s rocket development site late on Saturday in the remote village of Boca Chica, Texas, showed them animations of Starship landing on the moon and Mars and predicted that the rocket’s debut orbital flight could come in the next six months, followed by missions to space with humans aboard the next year.

"This is basically the holy grail of space," Musk said, standing between a gigantic, newly assembled Starship rocket and Falcon 1 - the company's first vehicle whose debut orbital mission was celebrated by SpaceX 11 years ago.

"The critical breakthrough that's needed for us to become a space-faring civilization is to make space travel like air travel," said Musk, who is also the chief executive of electric carmaker Tesla Inc.

Starship, a glossy steel rocket ship designed to ferry around 100 people to the moon and Mars stands 387 feet (118 meters) tall and is the latest addition to SpaceX’s lineup of reusable launch vehicles. Last year, Musk named Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as Starship’s private passenger. 

"This is, I think, the most inspiring thing I have ever seen," Musk told a crowd of about 200 SpaceX employees, guests and reporters, at the company's site near Boca Chica Village, just outside of Brownsville. "Wow, what an incredible job by such a great team to build this incredible vehicle. I'm so proud to work with such a great team."

But all this isn’t coming without a little backlash from the residents of the Boca Chica village, many of whom are rattled by rocket engine tests while some of them have refused to sell their property to SpaceX even after being offered three times the market price.

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