This is a SpaceX rocket today. This is the very near future of SpaceX. And, hopefully, the illustration above would be the very far future of the company, a time when ultra-heavy rockets would send extremely large cargos beyond Earth's orbit.
Is this the future? Stanley Von Medvey -- an amazing illustrator and creative director -- seems to think so. I don't know if humans would ever see a scene like this. Hopefully, we will come up with simpler, more cost-effective ways to transport stuff into space. For a while, however, this may be it. In any case, I just love the atmosphere and the scale of this illustration. [Stanley Von Medvey]