On Tuesday, photographs began to appear on a new online ship as a house built in an industrial park near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Later, the founder of SpaceX Elon Mask confirmed that the company will develop a prototype star ship in Florida to work in parallel in South Texas. "It's a competition to see which place is most effective. The answer can be both." This will not be a strict A / B test, a randomized experiment. On the contrary, Musk added any ideas received by one team must be shared with others, but another team does not need to use them.
This is a fairly new way of developing an orbiting spacecraft, especially one that is as large and as complex as Starship, which is designed to land and take off from other worlds such as the Moon and Mars. However, this is far from unprecedented in the world of technology. For example, Google has long had a strategy to create two of them, with a few competing products that follow the same base of users.
Musk also provided updates on the development of the Raptor engines, which will provide both the Starship ship and its Super Heavy satellite missile. SpaceX, in the long run, will require dozens of engines for the spacecraft and missiles. But first, the company will test its prototype Starship with one and three engines. SpaceX has now completed four of the engines, but it builds up in Hawthorne, California. The company was supposed to build more than 100 engines, working on methane, next year, added Musk
. In early April, a series of tests ended with a short core of the prototype Starship. Now the company can start testing again later this month. The Brownsville Herald reports that the highway 4 of Oklahoma Avenue to Boca Chica beach will be closed on May 28 from 14:00 to 10:00 CT, or alternatively on May 29 and May 30.
SpaceX is working on the orbital launch of the Star Ship Vehicle in 2020, but, like all large aerospace projects, this date is likely to slip later than 2020. Flight in the near future, taking into account the lack of government funding and general ambition of the project, will be noticeable.