SpaceX was busy during the holiday season working on a new prototype spacecraft that will one day land on the Red Planet. According to company CEO Elon Musk's latest tweets, the new bet takes the name "Starship SN1" and is being built at the facility in Boca Chica, near the Mexican border, the official said in a video.
The SpaceX team is apparently developing the dome that will top the Starship SN1, which Elon Musk sees as the “hardest” part of the new prototype's components. The CEO also indicates on his Twitter that he expects the ship to take off within "two or three months." Already thinking about the future, the responsible also made known The construction of the next prototypes, which will begin in January 2020 with the development of the Starship “SN2”, will be done indoors to avoid the strong winds of Boca Chica.
In October, the SpaceX facility was visited by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and Elon Musk briefed him on progress, confirming that Crew Dragon is about to begin astronaut transport operations from US soil on the early 2020. The NASA administrator stressed the need for further testing, and only then set the actual dates of operations, depending on the results. But everything points to a first manned Demo-2 test in the first quarter of 2020.
As for the Mars exploration mission, after successfully testing Starhopper, the Starship rocket prototype, SpaceX has revealed that it is planning possible landing sites on Mars. Although still in development, Elon Musk's company has asked the US Space Agency for images of the red planet in order to advance its Martian exploration mission.