This is a SpaceX rocket today. This is the very near future of SpaceX. And, hopefully, the illustration above would be the far future of the company, a time when ultra-heavy rockets will 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.
Personally, I don't know if humans would ever see a scene like this. Hopefully, engineers will come up with simpler, more cost-effective ways to transport stuff into space. And travel to other star systems, not only around our immediate hood.
For a while, however, this may be it. Perhaps while we build a base on the Moon that will allow us to construct ultra large spaceships in an environment without Earth's gravity.
But, in any case, I just love the atmosphere and the scale of his illustrations. Go to his site and enjoy. [Stanley Von Medvey]