On Tuesday, the pictures began to emerge online with a new, such as Starship vehicles built in an industrial park near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Later, SpaceX founder Elon Musk confirmed that the company would have a Prototype of Starship in Florida in parallel work done in South Texas.
"Both sites have made many Starships," Musk shared on Twitter. "It's a competition to see which location is most effective. The answer may be the same." It will not be a tough A / B test, a randomized experiment. Instead, Musk added any views gained by a group should be shared with another, but other groups do not need to use them.
This is a new way to build an orbital spaceship, especially one as big and complex as Starship, designed to land and take off from other worlds like the Moon and Mars. However, it is far from unprecedented in the tech world. For example, Google has a long-standing approach to making two of all, with many, competing products that leave the same user base.
Musk also provided an update on the development of Raptor machines-which will have power over the Starship plan and its rocket Super Heavy. SpaceX, ultimately, requires dozens of engines for spaceship and rocket. But at first, the company is testing the Starship prototype in one and three engines. SpaceX now completes four engines, and comprises the fifth one in Hawthorne, California. The company should build more than 100 methane-fueled engines next year, Musk added.
In the meantime, after about five weeks of downtime, SpaceX appears to be ready to ramp up the activity on the Boca Chica test site in South Texas. In early April, a series of tests emerged in a short, tethered hop of a prototype of Starship. Now, the company may begin testing activity later this month. The Brownsville Herald reported that the nearby highway, State Highway 4 from Oklahoma Avenue to Boca Chica Beach, was closed on May 28 between 2 pm and 10 pm CT, or alternatively, on May 29 and May 30.
SpaceX is working towards an Orbital launch of the Starship plan in 2020, but like all major aerospace projects, that date is likely to disappear in the future by 2020. A flight at any time at a time sooner, given the lack of government funding and overall ambition of the project, will be remarkable.