Are we going to Mars with this thing? So excited, I don’t know when I should try to fly …
Over the weekend, Elon Musk – the founder and director of SpaceX has introduced the world to the next generation of space exploration ships, an improved version of its previous flying devices: it’s a child. Starship spaceship with stainless steel design. Starship is expected to go up in 6 months.
“Stepping into an unprecedented field, it’s hard to predict exactly what will happen,” Elon Musk told a crowd still admiring the new rocket. ” But I think things will progress quickly .”
Outline Starship from 2018.
The rocket will carry passengers as well as cargo to Earth’s orbit, land on the Moon to set up its base and then reach Mars. The rocket that the press saw on Saturday was the upper part of the system, what propelled it into the air would be a powerful launch system called the Super Heavy, which possessed the power of 37 Raptor engines powered by methane. .
According to Elon Musk, the launch system will generate twice the force of NASA’s legendary Saturn 5 system, which is by far the most powerful launch system ever built.
Starship also owns its own six Raptor engines, which only need the Super Heavy rocket to get into orbit. The ability to refuel in the air (and later to receive new fuel on the Moon and Mars) will allow it enough methane to find it home. When refurbished, Starship will be ready for a new mission.
Super Heavy is also no less competitive, it is also designed to land itself after the Starship separates the engine. It is expected that with the existing power, Super Heavy will load 150 tons of cargo into orbit. With a total height of nearly 123 meters, the Starship + Super Heavy complex will gradually replace SpaceX’s “fleet” of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy.
Currently, the aerospace company is assembling a total of two more Starship models, one located near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and one located in Texas, where Elon Musk chose to launch Starship. The Texas-based rocket, also known as another Mark 1, will be the first device to launch. During the test flight, Starship will try to reach a height of 20km and then automatically land on the launch pad.
“ This will fly up to about 65,000 feet, about 20 km, then come back and touch the ground with a total of about 1-2 months in the air. The sight of it landing and landing will be truly spectacular, ”Musk said.
According to him, if the test is successful, Starship and Super Heavy will go straight into orbit. But what goes into orbit will not be Mark 1, most likely it will be Mark 3 or 4, according to Musk. Currently, a team of assembly workers in Texas will receive Mark 3 orders ” in a month “.
It is expected that in the next year, Starship will take the first passenger into the air. ” Because this is a recycled rocket, we will fly it quickly and much to prove its capabilities .”
The sample you see in the picture does not yet have a life support system for astronauts as well as a complicated control panel, which is needed for every manned journey to outer space. Musk brushed it off, saying that those systems are available, or that they will be.
He repeatedly asserted that the Starship’s 100m3 passenger cabin can accommodate up to 100 people. The International Space Station is the same volume and can only accommodate a crew of 6. He also compared his launch system to the NASA-launched Space Launch System (SLS) project, which is intended for the mission to return to the Moon and then to Mars. SLS is currently behind schedule, and will not be able to ascend to air until 2021.
People also questioned the cooperation between NASA and SpaceX in the crew project of Dragon Crew, Musks said that Crew Dragon is still the company’s top concern, and that the development of Starship is only accounting for 5% of SpaceX’s total human resources and resources.
When the next interesting tidbits about the launch schedule and development of the Starship project appear, we will immediately notify you. Never witnessed a major milestone in the development of space travel!