In a scene reminiscent of a sci-fi blockbuster, a Tesla Cybertruck was captured on camera at SpaceX's Starbase in Boca Chica Beach, Texas, towing a giant rocket engine on a trailer. The dramatic moment was recorded by ‘Starship Gazer’ [@StarshipGazer via X], a photographer who offers a glimpse of the exciting projects happening at Elon Musk's space exploration company.
The Tesla Cybertruck, known for its futuristic edgy design, is constructed from cold rolled stainless-steel, giving it a robust and otherworldly appearance that fits the stainless-steel Starship aesthetic. The all-electric pickup has generated considerable anticipation, not only for its unique design but also for its impressive performance capabilities.
In this particular demonstration, the Cybertruck was tasked with towing a Starship Raptor Vacuum engine, which, in its standard version, weighs approximately 3,500 pounds. Notably, Tesla has claimed that the Cybertruck boasts a towing capacity of over 14,000 pounds, depending on the chosen configuration. This remarkable towing power is just one of the many selling points of the Cybertruck, which Tesla states can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds and achieve a range of up to 500 miles on a single charge. While the Cybertruck continues to be a hot topic among electric vehicle enthusiasts, there remains uncertainty regarding the delivery timeline for customers who have pre-ordered the innovative pickup truck. Tesla has yet to announce an official delivery date for this highly anticipated vehicle.
Elon Musk, the visionary entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX, previously unveiled his aspiration to create a pressurized version of the Cybertruck, designating it as the official truck of future Mars missions. SpaceX is relentlessly working on technologies to facilitate human missions to Mars, with the ambitious goal of landing the first humans on the Red Planet before 2030. As part of their plan, SpaceX is striving to accelerate the development of their Starship spacecraft, with aspirations to achieve a successful orbital launch before the end of 2023.
In preparation for this milestone, SpaceX engineers are actively engaged in readying the Starship and Super Heavy rocket test vehicles, eagerly awaiting a launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The company recently shared captivating photographs of its Starbase launch site at Boca Chica Beach, providing a glimpse into the cutting-edge developments taking place in space exploration (linked below).
The captivating image of a Tesla Cybertruck towing a SpaceX Starship Raptor Engine is a testament to the remarkable advancements in technology and transportation, bringing us one step closer to realizing the visions of Elon Musk and SpaceX's pioneering work in space exploration. Watch Starship Gazer’s video linked below.
VIDEO: Tesla Cybertruck Towing SpaceX Raptor Engine
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Evelyn J. Arevalo joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover news as a Space Journalist and SpaceX Starbase Texas Correspondent. Evelyn is specialized in rocketry and space exploration. The main topics she covers are SpaceX and NASA.