With a pocket-sized dispenser that comes in a range of fun characters, Pez is one of the most popular candies around the world.
Now, it seems that Elon Musk has taken inspiration from Pez for his Starship rocket.
The SpaceX founder and CEO has shared a new animation showing how the $216 million ultra-super-heavy rocket could spit out Starlink satellites in space, just like the sweets in a Pez dispenser.
Musk shared an animation of Starship in action on Twitter this week, and even joked that SpaceX ‘should make an actual Starship model that dispenses pez for our merch store.’
Starship is SpaceX’s bullet-shaped stainless steel reusable rocket, which is designed to carry both crew and cargo to the Moon and even Mars in the future.
‘Starship will be the world’s most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, with the ability to carry in excess of 100 metric tonnes to Earth orbit,’ SpaceX explained.
Now, a new animation presented during SpaceX’s All-Hands Meeting on June 5 before being shared on Twitter by Musk, suggests that SpaceX is planning to use Starship to deploy its next-generation Starlink satellites.
The animation shows Starship in orbit above Earth, with Starlink satellites stacked inside, just like the sweets in a Pez dispenser.
The satellites are spat out through a narrow slit in the side of the rocket, while still in their folded-flat configuration.