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According to Phys.org (This article and its images were originally posted on Phys.org January 11, 2019 at 01:36PM.)
Musk posted pictures on Twitter late Thursday of the Starship Hopper prototype, which awaits its first flight test in Texas in the coming weeks.
“Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering,” he wrote.
The prototype built in Boca Chica, along the Gulf Coast of Texas, is nine yards (eight meters) in diameter—like the future rocket will be—but is shorter.
Its first test flights—suborbital “hops” reaching several miles (kilometers) in the air before landing back on Earth—could come in March or April.
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