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Elon Musk is building a spaceship that's so ambitious, some experts call it 'science fiction.' Here's what SpaceX and its engineers are up against

Posted On: Sep 16, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Elon Musk is building a spaceship that's so ambitious, some experts call it 'science fiction.' Here's what SpaceX and its engineers are up against

Elon Musk plans to blast a tourist around the moon in a ship made by his rocket company, SpaceX .
The private lunar mission is meant to demonstrate a new two-part launch system called Big Falcon Rocket , which is designed to eventually bring humans to Mars .
Engineers are said to be building a prototype of the BFR's spaceship primarily out of carbon-fiber composites.
Exactly how SpaceX is building that spaceship isn't publicly known, but industry experts have some guesses.
Aerospace engineers, astronauts, and Musk himself have said the first missions to Mars are likely to be perilous.
In December, a giant white tent appeared at the Port of Los Angeles. A routine permit suggested that SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, was using the roughly 20,000-square-foot, $500,000 facility as a "storage tent."
But Musk revealed the tent's true purpose a few months later. Inside, his engineers are building a colossal interplanetary spacecraft called BFR, the Big Falcon Rocket (or, as Musk has said, Big...

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