The sample is designed for take-off and landing tests.
Elon Musk published account of the first sample shot Starship ship. The entrepreneur noted that this version is designed for tests of vertical takeoff and landing and differs from the final design: it does not have portholes and other dimensions of the hull.
Musk announced the construction of a new super-heavy rocket in September 2017, at first it was called BFR (Big Falcon Rocket), and then renamed it. The upper manned stage was called Starship, and the rocket booster was Super Heavy.
Work on the starship assembly began in March 2018. On January 3, 2019, amateur photographer Austin Barnard published the first pictures of the Starship assembly process, on which parts of the rocket lay apart from each other. The first shot of Starship is almost the same as the render, which Musk published on January 5th.
Starship test vehicle under assembly will look similar to this illustration when finished. Operational Starships would obv have windows, etc. pic.twitter.com/D8AJ01mjyR
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 5, 2019
As conceived by Musk, Starship can be used for research of Mars, flights in low-Earth orbit, commercial suborbital flights on the Earth, as well as for long flights in space. By the 2020s, Starship and Superheavy should replace all the SpaceX rockets and ships currently in use. According to the company, it will be cheaper to use other developments.