Musk’s latest photos of the rocket can be seen below:
While this rocket is reportedly a prototype and Musk has claimed that the final version will not have a “wrinkled” outer texture, the current rocket does not look very close to the original rendering that Musk previously shared, which was smoother, shinier and looked like something out of a 60’s sci-fi film:
While some members of the online tech media have uncritically praised the rocket — in our case describing it as “liquid silver” — critics across social media have noted that the rocket essentially looks as if it is wrapped in tinfoil:
Another user noted the differences between the professional shots of the rocket versus photos from users at the launch site, which paint a less than flattering picture of the Hopper:
Musk believes that the engine will be ready to fire in the next month, but he also said the exact same thing in December, so whether the rocket will be fired in February is anybody’s guess.