I t may look like something straight from Buck Rogers in the 25th century or Tintin's Destination Moon but, according to Elon Musk, the images he tweeted of his latest SpaceX creation are very real.
Musk, the managing director of SpaceX and the electric car manufacturer Tesla, have revealed that the assembly of the "Starship Hopper" test-flight rocket was complete and that the images of the shimmering steel construction stainless were not "rendering".
The Tintin comparison is not an accident. In September of last year, SpaceX revealed the new design of the "Big Falcon Rocket", now simply known as "spaceship", saying "I love the design of the Tintin rocket, so I wanted to somehow orient it towards it." [1
True to his word, the 120-meter-high hopper is a full-tipped tubular rocket with three rear "wings" that act as landing platforms. It is an important piece of the controversial plan of the controversial businessman on which to found and eventually colonizes Marte, but this version of Starship Hopper is not yet ready for space flight.
"This is for VTROL suborbital (vertical takeoff and landing test)," Musk tweeted. "The orbital version is higher, has thicker skins (does not wrinkle) and a slightly curved nasal section."