MUSK SHOWS OFF ‘STAR­SHIP’ ROCKET

National Post (Latest Edition) - - WORLD -

It may look like some­thing straight out of Buck Rogers in the 25th Cen­tury or Tintin’s Des­ti­na­tion Moon but, ac­cord­ing to Elon Musk, the pho­to­graphs he posted of his lat­est SpaceX cre­ation are very much real.

Musk, CEO of SpaceX and elec­tric car­maker Tesla, re­vealed that assem­bly of the 120 foot-tall “Star­ship Hop­per” rocket was com­plete.

The Tintin com­par­i­son is not an ac­ci­dent. In Septem­ber last year, SpaceX re­vealed the new de­sign of the “Big Fal­con Rocket,” now sim­ply know as “Star­ship,” stat­ing, “I love the Tintin rocket de­sign, so I kind of wanted to bias it to­wards that.” Musk added: “If in doubt, go with Tintin.”

True to his word, the “hop­per” is a tubu­lar, pointy-topped rocket with three tail fins. Musk hopes it will be ready for its first test flights in March or April.

AFP PHOTO / ELON MUSK

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