How SpaceX’s Starship Will Handle Life Support
The SpaceX Starship is a mammoth — clocking in at a whopping 120 meters in height with a weight of 5,000 tons when holding a max payload, it is objectively huge.
According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk‘s 2016 Starship proposal, the vehicle will carry upwards of 100 people per flight, with eventual plans to carry up to 200 people. That’s incredible, especially considering that a capacity of 200 people puts Starship on par with what some Amtrak trains can carry. Of course, that’s a unique comparison, but it’s an accurate one.
While Starship is not yet in its final form, the ship is nonetheless about the same size it’ll be when fully completed.
But what exactly does SpaceX plan to do with all the space?
I mean, you can throw some satellites in there for a few Starlink launches or sell some space to companies, but what about people? What can Starship pack in for the 100 to 200 people SpaceX plans to inevitably bring on board?
That’s what we’re here to find out. So, without further ado, today we will be uncovering the layout of Starship interiors needed to support life.
On Starship’s official ‘Users Guide,’ SpaceX mentions that the ‘crew’ configuration of Starship includes:
• Private cabins,
• Large common areas,
• Centralized storage,
• Solar storm shelters,
• And a viewing gallery.
Out of that small section alone, there’s quite a bit of helpful information. Most importantly, SpaceX will have a dedicated ‘crew configuration’ of Starship.
That means that things can be much crazier than previously anticipated. For example, think about storing 100 people aboard a spaceship where everything is built for people versus one where half the space is packed with commercial items. I mean, the payload volume alone is a whopping 1,100 cubic meters. The passenger interior volume for a Boeing 747-400 is 876 cubic meters. With 450 seats.
While to many at first, it might have seemed ridiculous to suggest that Starship could take between 100 and 200 people to space, it’s much easier to see how easily this could be accomplished. But, of course, that also includes SpaceX’s mini-laundry list of various rooms and configuration changes, starting with private cabins.
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