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The NASA Spacecraft That'll Travel Toward The Sun Just Received Its Super Deluxe Heat Shield - ZMR News Journal (press release) (blog)

NASA, in August, will set-off a new interplanetary spaceship to make “contact” with the Sun and the craft just received its super resilient heat shield for the tour. At the June end, engineers set up the protective shelter on the vehicle, named the ...

SpaceX approved to build interplanetary spaceships at LA port - The TeCake

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday for building interplanetary rockets and spacecraft in a port of nineteen acres at Los Angeles in San Pedro. The approval for the thirty years lease agreement was given ...

SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket to be Built in Los Angeles - autoevolution

Home / News / Space Junk. Should Elon Musk's plans to build the Big Falcon Rocket come true, the BFR, as it is called, will likely become the world's first interplanetary spaceship. And adorning its sides might be a sign saying “Made in Los Angeles.” 5 ...

SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket, Humanity's First Spaceship - autoevolution

Earlier this week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted on Instagram a photo which he captioned “main body tool for the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) interplanetary spaceship.” The image shows a big cylinder with six holes in it, the template using which parts of the ...

SpaceX Unveils 'Main Body Tool' of its Mars Spaceship - Laboratory Equipment

Musk posted a picture to Instagram on Sunday that shows a massive cylindrical structure he refers to as the “main body tool for the BFR interplanetary spaceship.” The structure is on props over a Tesla vehicle, dwarfing it by many times. The BFR ...

Elon Musk unveils SpaceX's BFR spaceship main body tool - Manufacturing Global

The founder posted a picture on his Instagram account of what he dubbed the “main body tool for the BFR interplanetary spaceship”. The tool is thought to be a manufacturing mould used to weave materials, such as carbon fibre, in the shape of the upper ...

Elon Musk Shows First Glimpse of the BFR Spaceship - autoevolution

A big cylinder with six holes in it. That is what Elon Musk showed the world on Instagram on Monday, saying it is the “SpaceX main body tool for the BFR interplanetary spaceship.” Meaning not the spaceship itself, but one of the tools which will be ...

That really is a Big F***ing Rocket! Elon Musk shows off the massive 'main body tool' that will be used to build the ... - Daily Mail

Musk in 2016 displayed the BFR's fuel tank, which can store up to 1,200 tons of liquid oxygen, as well as some video footage of the rocket's raptor engines. At nearly 348 feet tall, the BFR is a truly gigantic spaceship, towering over the 229-feet-tall ...

Huge! Elon Musk Shows off What SpaceX Will Use to Build BFR Spaceship - KIIITV.com

Elon Musk Shows off What SpaceX Will Use to Build BFR Spaceship. Unable to load video. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted a photo of his BFR interplanetary spaceship's 'main body tool.' Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more. Published: 6:50 AM EDT ...

SpaceX BFR: Everything We Know About Elon Musk's Massive Interplanetary Spaceship - International Business Times

Elon Musk's Mars colonization plans are no stranger to any of us. The billionaire wants to make mankind a multi-planetary species and has already made big strides toward achieving that goal. SpaceX recently launched Falcon Heavy rocket and is moving ...

Musk posts picture of BFR's 'main body tool' to be used for interplanetary missions - ZlotoNews

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, posted a picture Sunday of what what he described as the “main body tool” for his company's BFR interplanetary spaceship. BFR—which reportedly stands for “Big F—ing Rocket,” will be designed to withstand planetary entry ...

The first SpaceX BFR should make orbital launches by 2020 - Phys.Org

To break it down, the BFR – formerly known as the Interplanetary Transport System – consists of a massive first stage booster and an equally massive second stage/spaceship (the BFS). Once the spacecraft is launched, the second stage would detach and ...

Elon Musk's vision of Mars exploration stirs our imagination - Albuquerque Journal

Next year on Mars. Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary spaceship he's building will be able to do short “up and down” flights by next year. Musk's goal is to colonize Mars, a ...

Elon Musk's age of exploration - mySanAntonio.com

Next year on Mars. Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary spaceship he's building will be able to do short “up and down” flights by next year. Musk's goal is to colonize Mars, a ...

Musk: Atmospheric tests of interplanetary spaceship could happen next year - Spaceflight Now

A team of SpaceX engineers is building a prototype of the spaceship Elon Musk hopes will one day carry people and cargo deep into the solar system, and it could begin low-altitude testing next year, kicking off a multi-step test campaign before ...

Rich Lowry: Elon Musk's Age of Exploration - NewsOK.com

Well, not quite, but entrepreneur Elon Musk told the tech confab South by Southwest that the interplanetary spaceship he's building will be able to do short "up and down" flights by next year. Musk's goal is to colonize Mars, a delightfully daft idea ...

The dead planet: you may die on my spaceship to Mars, says Elon Musk - The Times

Elon Musk has said there is a “good chance” the first passengers his company sends to Mars will die and claimed that his interplanetary spaceship would be ready for test flights next year. Speaking at the South by Southwest technology and culture ...

Elon Musk believes SpaceX's interplanetary spaceship will be ready by 2019 - Alphr

SpaceX's BFR rocket system should allow for interplanetary travel and, like all of the company's rockets, should be completely reusable. A single flight will cost less than Musk's initial Falcon 1 flights – around $5 to $6 million. If BFR goes ...

SpaceX Aims to Begin BFR Spaceship Flight Tests as Soon as Next Year - Popular Mechanics

The second stage, also known as the Interplanetary Transport System, is a 48-meter long, 9-meter diameter spaceship that, on paper, could carry up to 100 people on flights to other planets. It's a rocket that could fulfill Musk's ultimate goal ...

Musk unveils revised version of giant interplanetary launch system - SpaceNews

29, unveiled an updated version of the Interplanetary Transport System he announced at last year's conference in Mexico. The new version of the reusable booster and spaceship, known collectively only by the codename “BFR,” are scaled down somewhat ...

The Interplanetary Transport System , formerly known as the Mars Colonial Transporter , is SpaceX's privately funded development project to design and build a system of spaceflight technology and remote human settlements on Mars— including reusable launch vehicles and spacecraft; Earth infrastructure for rapid launch and relaunch; low Earth orbit, zero-gravity propellant transfer technology; and extraterrestrial technology to enable human colonization of Mars. The technology is also envisioned to eventually support exploration missions to other locations in the Solar System including the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

Rendering of an ITS launch vehicle departing Launch pad 39A, with an ITS tanker standing by (at left) for a rapid launch after the ITS booster returns to the launch site
Artist's impression of the Interplanetary Spaceship on the Jovian moon Europa.

The Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), formerly known as the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT), is SpaceX's privately funded development project to design and build a system of spaceflight technology and remote human settlements on Mars— including reusable launch vehicles and spacecraft; Earth infrastructure for rapid launch and relaunch; low Earth orbit, zero-gravity propellant transfer technology; and extraterrestrial technology to enable human colonization of Mars. The technology is also envisioned to eventually support exploration missions to other locations in the Solar System including the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

Development work began in earnest before 2012 when SpaceX began design work for the large Raptor rocket engine to be used for both the ITS launch vehicle and spacecraft (ITS tanker and Interplanetary Spaceship). New rocket engine designs are typically considered one of the longest of the development subprocesses for new launch vehicles and spacecraft. By June 2016, the company publicly-announced conceptual plans that included the first Mars-bound cargo flight of ITS launching no earlier than 2022, followed by the first ITS Mars flight with passengers one synodic period later in 2024, following two preparatory research launches of Mars probes in 2018 and 2020 on Dragon/Falcon Heavy equipment. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled details of the system architecture at the 67th International Astronautical Congress on 27 September 2016.

As publicly discussed, SpaceX is concentrating its resources on the transportation part of the project as well as a propellant plant that could be deployed on Mars to make methalox rocket propellant from local resources. However, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is championing a much larger set of long-term interplanetary settlement objectives, ones that go far beyond what SpaceX will build and that will ultimately involve many more economic actors—whether individual, company, or government—to facilitate the settlement to build out over many decades.