Elon Musk posts first glimpse of SpaceX's finished Starship test vehicle

SpaceX's prototype starship is being called

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On Thursday, Elon Musk revealed on Twitter the SpaceX Starship, a rocket that he said will one day ferry humans to Mars.

The test rocket, which resembles a shiny silver bullet, just wrapped up its assembly stage at SpaceX's Texas-based launch site. In November 2018, Musk announced that from now BFR will be called Starship.

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This particular Starship will be used for suborbital vertical take-off tests, which will be similar to ones it completed for the Falcon 9 back in 2013. It will hop, so to speak, around 16,400 feet into the air and then land again, according to documents filed with the FCC. Despite this high-tech promise, fans will have to wait for this concept to become a reality, since the Starship is just a test rocket for now.

No stranger to branding or pop culture references, Musk celebrated the Falcon 9's testing with Johnny Cash's classic "Ring of Fire".

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This isn't what the final version of the Starship will look like.

The Starship is SpaceX's new class of super-heavy launch vehicle that will replace the company's current crop of products, and will allow for potential missions around the Moon and to Mars.

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This two-stage vehicle - composed of a Booster and a Ship - is created to eventually replace the company's Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and the Dragon spacecraft.

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