Elon Musk has said his new spaceship could make space travel as common as flying – and hopes to create a city on the moon and Mars.
The billionaire SpaceX boss unveiled his newest craft, Starship, and its launch vehicle called Super Heavy at the company’s facility in Texas.
He told a crowd of space fans gathered at the site that he believes the spaceship could act like a plane does – landing and taking off without being damaged.
Starship is designed to carry a crew and cargo “to the moon, Mars or anywhere else in the solar system” and land back on Earth perpendicularly instead of horizontally, Musk said.
Its inaugural lift off is set for about one or two months and will reach 65,000ft before landing back on Earth.
“We need to make space travel like air travel,” Musk said.
“Any other mode of transport is reusable so the critical breakthrough is a rapidly reusable orbital rocket – this is the holy grail of space.”