At the Satellite 2018 conference, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell revealed that SpaceX plans to conduct the first orbital launches of BFR (Big F**ing Rocket) as early as 2020, with suborbital spaceship tests beginning in the first half of 2019.
Musk: People have told me that my timelines historically have been optimistic. I am trying to recalibrate. What I do know is we are building the first ship. We will be able to do do short flights in the first half of next year. It's a big booster and ship. Saturn V thrust x2.
— Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) March 11, 2018
SpaceX's Shotwell: BFR will probably be orbital in 2020, but you should start seeing hops in 2019. (Grasshopper reference?) #satshow
— Caleb Henry (@CHenry_SN) March 12, 2018