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Rocket Prototype Construction

The SpaceX Starship 'SN1' Prototype is Currently Under Construction

— January 17, 2020 — Tech
Elon Musk recently shared additional information pertaining to the SpaceX Starship prototype, named the 'SN1.' The SpaceX CEO was fielding questions on Twitter pertaining to the company's newest spacecraft. Most notably Musk's stated that the company will work to produce 100 Starships each year. Additionally, each of the Starships will be designed to operate for 20-30 years.

Elon Musk also stated the goal of the company is to bring 1 million humans to Mars before 2050, and Musk even stated that “anyone can go if they want, with loans available for those who don’t have money.” It is clear that Musk's motivation to produce the Starship is to ultimately colonize Mars.

The prototype is currently being built at the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas.


Image Credit: SpaceX
Trend Themes
1. Spacecraft Manufacturing Automation - With the goal of producing 100 Starships each year, there is an opportunity for spacecraft manufacturing to be done through automation, allowing for faster and more efficient production.
2. Space Tourism Market - With the goal of bringing 1 million humans to Mars before 2050, there is an opportunity for the creation of a space tourism industry, with loans available for those who cannot afford the high costs of space travel.
3. Long-term Space Operations - Designing Starships to operate for 20-30 years indicates an opportunity for the creation of long-term space operations and maintenance industries, catering to the needs of extended space missions.
Industry Implications
1. Spacecraft Manufacturing - With the goal of producing 100 Starships each year, there is an opportunity for spacecraft manufacturing companies to become more innovative in creating faster and more efficient production methods through automation.
2. Space Tourism - The possibility of space tourism is imminent, and it could create an entirely new industry for travel companies to capitalize on, with loans becoming available for those who cannot afford the high costs of space travel.
3. Space Operations and Maintenance - Designing Starships to operate for 20-30 years indicates an opportunity for the creation of long-term space operations and maintenance industries, catering to the needs of extended space missions.
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