SpaceX has developed a smaller prototype of the 100-passenger “Starship” ship at its South Texas factory. According to information from SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, a similar production and development process has been completed at Space Coast in Florida.
“SpaceX is running Starship’s simultaneous race in Boca Chica in Texas and Cape Canaveral in Florida,” Musk tweeted on his official Twitter account. In another tweet, Musk said, “Both facilities will make many Starships. It’s a race to see which is more efficient. The answer can be both,” he said.
The reusable Starship is designed to take humans to Mars, the Moon and other long distances. This vehicle will be mounted on a powerful rocket called Super Heavy, which is designed to be reusable.
Both Starship and Super Heavy will use SpaceX’s next-generation Raptor engine. Starship will be powered by 7 Raptors. For Super Heavy, 31 Raptors will be combined. While Musk said that SpaceX has finished the fourth Raptor engine and started production of the fifth, he stated that a total of 100 Raptors will be produced by the beginning of 2020.
The prototype of Starship, which was built in Texas and named Starhopper by SpaceX, currently uses a Raptor engine. After successfully completing testing at Boca Chica last month, Starhopper is expected to continue testing this month.