SpaceX delayed a launch due to travel restrictions brought on by and has seen at least one of its , but work on the company’s big moon and Mars rocket is still proceeding in Texas.
Early Thursday, founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted a few images from the SpaceX development facility in Boca Chica. They show SpaceX’s third Starship prototype, labeled ‘SN3,’ receiving its crown inside the site’s vehicle assembly building, which is basically a very tall spaceship garage.
You may recall that passed its own pressure test less than two weeks later, on March 8.. That didn’t seem to slow down the company much, as the tank for its successor, SN2,
Now, with SN3 coming together, SpaceX will have a backup to its SN2 backup (which seems to have become its primary test prototype for the moment).
Musk has said the test model represented by all three prototypes is designed to fly to an altitude of around 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) and land back on Earth. Ultimately, the aim is to create a next-generation spacecraft capable of transporting humans to the moon, Mars and perhaps even further.