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The founder and Chief Engineer of SpaceX, Elon Musk, envisions a future where travelling to the moon and Mars is as frequent as travelling via airplane across continents on Earth, he desires to transform humans into a multi-planet species. SpaceX has developed some of the most technologically advanced rockets in the aerospace industry, Falcon 9 is capable of taking tons of payload into space and coming back to land on autonomous droneship at sea, landing vertically using the power of its own engines. They are the only company who worked to obtain the capacity to reuse a rocket's first-stage, they now aim to develop a fully reusable spacecraft that will enable rapid reuse like a commercial aircraft. Rapid reusability will be needed to transform us into a spacefaring civilization. To accomplish this ambitious plan, Musk designed a next-generation launch vehicle - Starship - which is being built with full reusability in mind. SpaceX aims to build a Starship that will have the capacity to take 100 passengers plus 100 tons of cargo to Mars' surface. This will completely change the course of humanity's future.
Currently, SpaceX is working on manufacturing and testing Starship's first prototypes. The first flight version of the craft, referred to as Starship SN1, is under construction at their South Texas launch facility situated at Boca Chica Beach. Engineers aim to build at least 20 Starship flight prototypes this year. To perform test flights and figure out what works best to integrate to the final version of the craft. During the testing and manufacturing process, engineers will design each of the 20 prototypes with slight variations that should improve the capabilities of the craft.
SpaceX aims to perform Starship SN1's first test flight above Boca Chica Beach, Texas sometime in March. By the looks of it, the company is making quick progress toward meeting that tight schedule.
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