SpaceX is going under test at Boca Chica, Texas to get its first mission on Mars started. The rocket from the SpaceX in expected to go in a mission around the moon in 2023 and on Mars in 2024. The location of the tests is a huge project and SpaceX used over 300,000 cubic yards of locally-sourced soil for its construction.
“The ongoing construction of our launch pad in South Texas is proceeding well. SpaceX has now received the final major ground system tank needed to support initial test flights of the Big Falcon Spaceship.” the company’s communications specialist Sean Pitt reported.
“Fly out, turn around, accelerate back real hard and come in hot to test the heat shield because we want to have a highly reusable heat shield that’s capable of absorbing the heat from interplanetary entry velocities.” CEO Elon Musk explained how the tests will look like.
In 2020 the company will be able to go in higher altitude and velocity flights if the boost tests work out great. After these tests a number of tests will be run out to see if it is safe to send humans onto a BFR but there is also Yusaku Maezawa, a billionaire who wants to be a non test passenger on the BFR.
We are expecting CEO Elon Musk to share more information and details about the SpaceX tests after he visits the subreddit.