Recently the exploits of SpaceX and Starship have made a lot of talk about themselves. The prototype of the spacecraft that will reach the Moon and Mars, in fact, seems to advance rapidly … albeit with some occasional hitch. Elon Musk recently shared an anecdote about spacecraft design in Joe Rogan’s podcast.
According to the eccentric billionaire, the 2012 film “The Dictator” – starring Sacha Baron Cohen, the Borat actor – is served as inspiration for the design of Starship. Musk, in fact, cited the scene in which Admiral General Aladeen, the authoritarian ruler of the fictional nation of Wadiya, assessed the missile his engineers had created.
The (mini) missile, in the film, had a blunt head, which made Aladeen go on a rampage. The Starship rocket was originally supposed to have a relatively blunt head, according to the SpaceX CEO. However, Musk did not agree with this choice, and decided to make the final part of the spacecraft more pointed.
“You literally told them to make the spaceship more pointed because of the movie ‘The Dictator?’“asks Rogan in amazement.”Yes. And they know it too“Musk replies with a laugh.”It’s not that they weren’t aware of it. I thought it would be fun to make it more pointed, so we did it.“
The author of the podcast then immediately replied: “Does the tip give at least an aerodynamic advantage?“.”It is probably slightly worse“, continues Elon but, he added,”looks more beautiful“.