SpaceX is aiming towards its first commercial mission: launching starship in 2021.

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Recently, Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX successfully launched one of its most powerful rockets ever, the Falcon Heavy. And now, the company is aiming towards its first commercial mission: launching starship in 2021.

According to Jonathan Hofeller, VP of commercial sales, SpaceX, who spoke at an APSAT conference in Indonesia, SpaceX is currently under discussion with three different customers (the telecom companies) to decide their first mission on the spacecraft, as reported by SpaceNews.

SpaceX is currently developing two different builds of the launch system, the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) (later named Starship), where its rocket booster was also renamed to Super Heavy Booster. The launch system would be loaded with 9-meter-payload fairing where it would deliver crew and resources to the Moon and Mars, in addition, to sending satellites into the orbit across Earth and the planetary system, in general. Both the vehicles (Starship and super heavy booster) are being designed in a way so that they can launch up to 20 metric tons to geostationary orbit and over 100 metric tons to low earth orbit.

Moreover, SpaceX is also testing out its test rocket version, named, Starhopper, which is just made to “hop” off the ground a few centimeters to analyze the overall usability and reliability of the vehicle. However, the company does intend to test the vehicle at higher altitudes too.

“We have future hops coming up later this year. The goal is to get orbital as quickly as possible, potentially even this year, with the full stack operational by the end of next year and then customers in early 2021”, mentioned Hofeller.

As of now, the Starship has been set under development at separate SpaceX facilities in Florida and Texas to analyze which facility comes up with a faster and much better solution. Also, it’s very likely that the solutions from both the team might be combined to offer the best solution for Starship.

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