SpaceX Starship Will Probably Reach Orbit in 2020

SpaceX Starship Will Probably Reach Orbit in 2020

Brian Wang |
December 27, 2018 |

Choosing to use Stainless Steel materials and other design changes to SpaceX Starship should enable it to have its first orbital mission in 2020. Design changes have made the rocket dramatically better and shortened the time for development.

Part of the rocket will be cooled with liquid methane.

How about the chances that Starship reaches orbit in 2020?

— Eric Ralph (@13ericralph31) December 27, 2018

Probability at 60% & rising rapidly due to new architecture

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 27, 2018

What was the trigger for the latest redesign?

— Walter MacVane (@EcoHeliGuy) December 27, 2018

Time. Although it also turned out to be dramatically better.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 27, 2018

That was a good article. Based on the past few days, I can’t help but think there won’t be an ablative coating on Starship, which would be wild! All shine 🤩

— Everyday Astronaut (@Erdayastronaut) December 24, 2018

Leeward side needs nothing, windward side will be activity cooled with residual (cryo) liquid methane, so will appear liquid silver even on hot side

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 25, 2018

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