SpaceX on track for BFR tests in first half of 2019

SpaceX appears to be on track to begin testing the SpaceX BFR and BFS starting in the first half of 2019.

SpaceX has installed a large rocket fuel tank at its Boca Chica, Texas launch facility.

Elon Musk has said – SpaceX will start BFR testing with a full-scale Ship doing short hops of a few hundred kilometers altitude and lateral distance. Those are fairly easy on the vehicle, as no heat shield is needed.

Elon also said – SpaceX wants to test the heat shield material… fly out, turn around, accelerate back real hard, and come in hot to test the heat shield.