Elon Musk aims to put SpaceX’s Starship in orbit in six months

Last-minute touches are made to the Starship prototype near sunset on September 27. | Pauline Acalin

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk would like his Starship spacecraft to make it to orbit in six months, he said during an evening presentation on September 28. The event seemed aimed squarely at fans, with little new information and a lot of SpaceX history.

“This is going to sound totally nuts, but I think we want to try to reach orbit in less than six months,” Musk said. “Provided the rate of design improvement and manufacturing improvement continues to be exponential, I think that is accurate to within a few months.”

During the presentation at SpaceX’s testing facility near Boca Chica, Texas, just north of the Mexican border, Musk also said that he expected the Starship prototype towering behind him to do…

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