SpaceX INSANE Plan To Travel The Entire Solar System!
SpaceX is building the most powerful spacecraft ever with the Starship. When completed, clients are waiting to put it to different uses as it is a very versatile spacecraft and this is because SpaceX is making it to be 100 percent reusable.
However, for SpaceX, the Starship is its vehicle to explore the unknown parts of the solar system.
How is SpaceX making sure the Starship is fit for the long journeys the spacecraft is destined for?
Join us as we examine SpaceX’s insane plan to travel all over the Solar system!
When the Starship is ready, SpaceX would have the most powerful spacecraft in its hands. When the upper stage, the Ship, and the lower stage, the Super Heavy, are stacked together, the Starship will stand an impressive 120 meters tall, with a diameter of nine meters and total payload to lower earth orbit of over 100 tons.
The booster is the Super Heavy, a colossal steel structure that is 70 meters tall. It will lift a gross mass of over 3 million kg by producing a thrust of 72 MN. The booster relies on 32 Raptor engines that SpaceX is designing in-house. The rocket engines will use propellants made of sub-cooled liquid methane and liquid oxygen, of which the booster can store 3,400 tons.
SpaceX designed reusability into the Super Heavy so it can be used for multiple mission launches. The booster was to return to earth and land on its six legs but to reduce costs and turn around time, SpaceX ditched the legs, instead, coming up with the radical idea of catching the Super Heavy with a pair of arms, known as the Mechazilla, on the launch tower. It will be aided on its return journey by a system of four grid fins.
The upper stage or the Ship is the part of the Starship that will go to and return from space. It is a 50 meters tall spacecraft that can carry both cargo and passengers to earth’s orbit and beyond. It will rely on six Raptor engines both for propulsion and landing since it is also completely reusable.
The Ship also uses methane and oxygen propellants, of which it can store 1200 tons, but it has an ingenious proposed method of getting more fuel when out there in space, as we shall see later.
While the Ship will also be caught by the Mechazilla, on its return to earth, SpaceX is retaining the legs so that it can land on other planets or the moon where there is no Mechazilla.
Out of the 50-meter height of the Ship, 18 meters of it will be available to configure either for cargo or passenger transport, making it the largest usable payload volume of any current or in-development launcher.
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The Starship is not a product that will struggle for business as many people are waiting on it.
One of its most prominent suitors is NASA, which is confident enough to put 2.9 billion dollars into its development.
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