Elon Musk to Provide Starship Update on Saturday as NASA Administrator Gives a Bronx Cheer

UPDATE: The presentation will be at around 8 p.m. EDT tonight. It will be webcast at www.spacex.com/webcast.

If you had plans for Saturday night, you might want to change them.

SpaceX Founder Elon Musk will provide an update on the progress of the Starship Mk1 vehicle live from the company’s test site at Boca Chica Beach in Texas.

Musk tweeted the presentation will start at 6 or 7 p.m. CDT (7 or 8 p.m. EDT).. There are reportedly plans to webcast the event, most likely via the SpaceX website (www.spacex.com). However, those details have not been confirmed.

Starship is part of a fully-reusable launch system that also includes the Super Heavy booster. The system is designed to carry large numbers of people and heavy loads of cargo to the moon and Mars.

Musk has also said Starship could provide rapid point-to-point travel between distant cities on Earth.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1177314408604680192?s=19 Inbox

SpaceX engineers are building Starships in Texas and Florida. The first suborbital test is expected next month.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has weighed in on tomorrow’s event with a Bronx cheer focused on SpaceX’s lagging Crew Dragon program.

“I am looking forward to the announcement tomorrow. In the meantime, Commercial Crew is years behind schedule. NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver.”

Ouch!

A Crew Dragon made a successful flight to the International Space Station in March with no one aboard. However, the same capsule exploded on the test stand on April 20 while being prepared for an in-flight abort test.

SpaceX is scheduled to conduct the abort flight before flying astronauts to the station on a test flight aboard a separate Crew Dragon vehicle. The company is hoping to conduct the abort test by the end of this year.