Billionaire inventor Elon Musk has promised that the manned Starship can fly into low-earth orbit as early as next year.
During a speech, Musk said that the Starship orbital flight could take place “probably next year.”
At the same time, he noted that the first flights “may not work.” “We are in uncharted territory,” Musk explained.
So far, the starship prototype has only climbed to a height of 150 meters during tests in August, and several previous tests have ended in explosions. The ship is intended to fly to Mars eventually.
Musk and his company SpaceX have been criticized in the past for overly ambitious technology forecasts, but investors believe in the charismatic inventor. On Monday, Musk got rich immediately by $ 8 billion after shares of his other brainchild — the manufacturer of electric cars Tesla-jumped.