Starship is now SpaceX’s top priority says Elon Musk (spacecraft design/engineering)

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Elon Musk says Starship is now SpaceX’s top priority

EXCERPTS: SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk says that after accomplishing its first human launch, the company’s primary focus going forward will be developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft. According to an internal email seen by CNBC, Musk said that Starship is job one for the company, with the exception of ensuring that everything goes well with the forthcoming return of the Crew Dragon capsule from the International Space Station, which will be carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on their homeward bound trip.

[...] Musk says in the email seen by CNBC that SpaceX employees should “consider spending significant time” at its Boca Chica development site to help with the vehicle’s development. The company now has a bit more time pressure driving Starship’s development, since it was selected as one of three suppliers for NASA’s human lunar lander contracts, with Starship intended to act as a last-mile transportation system for taking astronauts from NASA’s Lunar Gateway to the surface of the moon... (MORE - details)

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