Elon Musk Shares Images Of SpaceX’s Under-Construction Starship Rocket Prototype, Likely To Be Completed By 2021

Elon Musk Shares Images Of SpaceX’s Under-Construction Starship Rocket Prototype, Likely To Be Completed By 2021SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tesla and SpaceX chief executive officer (CEO) Elon Musk has posted two new pictures on Twitter showing the latest construction updates for the Starship rocket prototype that is being built at SpaceXs Boca Chica, Texas facility.

One of the images shows the vehicle - apparently Starship Mk1, which is being assembled at SpaceX's South Texas facility, near the village of Boca Chica - in the background, standing behind a building that contains a variety of parts and other equipment.

Musk captioned the picture: "Droid Junkyard, Tatooine."

The second photo he posted is of a large metal disc being lowered onto Mk1's body. This he captioned as "Area 51 of Area 51".

SpaceX is also building a similar prototype, called Starship Mk2, at the company's Florida facilities, reasoning that a little intracompany competition will improve the vehicle's final design.

The company hopes for Starship to be used as a commercial spacecraft that will be able to take off and land like an airplane. It is expected to be ready by 2021.

Musk is expected to announce the company's latest update to the Starship on 28 September.

(With inputs from IANS)