Finnish 3D artist Kimi Talvitie has made some really impressive 3D models of SpaceX’s stainless steel Starhopper (the shorter test vehicle of Starship), Starship (previously known as the BFS – Big Fragging Spaceship) and Super Heavy booster (previously known as the BFR – Big Fragging Rocket) and published them on his Twitter account. They are amazing!

SpaceX Starhopper - Starship - Super Heavy booster 3D comparison
SpaceX’s Starhopper, Starship, and Super Heavy booster 3D model comparison. Starhopper is the miniaturized version of SpaceX’s super-heavy launch vehicle, which is known as the Starship (previously known as the BFS – Big Falcon Spaceship or Big Fragging Spaceship). Starship will be SpaceX’s interplanetary spaceship, which will take people to and from Mars and beyond (according to the American company). Super Heavy Booster, (previously known as the BFR – Big Falcon Rocket or Big Fragging Rocket) will be the powerhouse behind these two spaceships which launch them into space. Starhopper and Starship will be stainless steel (if you spent enough time around cyclists you might have heard the phrase “steel is real”). Super Heavy may yet be built mostly out of carbon fiber, since it won’t reach orbit and will instead land back on or near its launchpad for reuse. Image: Kimi Talvitie
SpaceX Starhopper - Starship - Super Heavy booster - Falcon 9 3D comparison
SpaceX’s Starhopper, Starship, Super Heavy booster, and Falcon 9 3D model comparison. In the last model, the Spaceship is attached atop the Super Heavy booster. Falcon 9 is a two-stage-to-orbit medium-lift launch vehicle designed and manufactured by SpaceX. It is 70 m (230 ft) in height and 3.7 m (12 ft) in diameter. Unlike most rockets, which are expendable launch systems, Falcon 9 is partially reusable, with the first stage capable of re-entering the atmosphere and landing back vertically after separating from the second stage. This feat was achieved for the first time on flight 20 with the v1.2 version in December 2015. Falcon 9 can lift payloads of up to 22,800 kilograms (50,300 lb) to low Earth orbit, 8,300 kg (18,300 lb) to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) when expended, and 5,500 kg (12,100 lb) to GTO when the first stage is recovered. Image: Kimi Talvitie
Talvitie says “Have to say I didn’t expect this kinda response when I posted the last pictures. Thank you for your support! I’ve spent my day pushing new images and models so there is more to come”.


  • “Elon Musk says SpaceX is building a stainless-steel rocket ship in Texas that will ‘look like liquid silver’ and might launch in February” on Business Insider
  • “SpaceX Starhopper, Starship and Super Heavy model comparison by Kimi Talvitie” on
  • Falcon 9 on Wikipedia
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