Starship Of Elon Musk Unveiled, a striking reusable space rocket capable of carrying crew and cargo to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
This company gave space fans an outline of plans for “Starship,” the next-generation vehicle his Space Exploration Technologies Corp. expects to use to eventually take people to Mars.
However, Starship of Elon Musk is the first version of a spaceship design that Elon Musk, the entrepreneur and founder of the rocket company SpaceX, hopes will be humanity’s first ride to Mars.
On Saturday, CEO Elon Musk presented new details about the company’s gigantic Starship rocket at the company’s test site in Boca Chica, Texas. Looming behind him: the now-completed 165-foot Starship MK1 prototype, that has been in construction for months now and which the company plans to test later this year.
Starship of this company, a 200-ton, 165 ft-tall stainless steel rocket that will use three of SpaceX’s next-gen Raptor engines to test out its flight capabilities through a series of propulsive landing tests.
“This thing is going to take off, fly to 65,000 feet — about 20 kilometers — and come back and land in about one to two months,” said Musk as he stood beside ‘Starship’ and the Falcon 1 rocket, the latter of which became the first private liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit on September 28, 2008.
Musk is also planning to launch Starship into orbit in the next six months. “This is going to sound totally nuts, but I think we want to try to reach orbit in less than six months,” he said, adding that the milestone depended on the uninterrupted exponential rate in the development of design and manufacturing.
He additionally commented on the use of stainless steel as being “by far the best design decision” of the company. Acknowledging that the material was heavier than carbon composite or aluminum-based alternatives, he cited steel’s extreme resistance to temperature changes as a big plus that would ultimately result in a modest heat shield of glass-like thermal tiles for the Starship rocket.
Another plus for SpaceX is the cost of using steel. Since making the rockets will be out of the company’s own pocket, Musk announced that they’ll be capable to build many shiny Starships thanks to the cheaper cost of steel that sells for $2,500/ton as opposed to paying $130,000/ton on buying carbon fiber.
Experts agree little about Starship is considered infeasible other than its business model, as the rocket is outlandishly large for most commercial uses:
Mr. Musk did concede there is not currently much of a commercial market for the SpaceX rocket for Starship to fill.
Possible uses include launching SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellite network.
But SpaceX is not done sprawling. “It will definitely be fancier than it currently is,” Musk said last night when asked how the facility might look in a decade. “A lot more buildings, a lot more stuff. Way more stuff than is currently here.”
The residents, Musk seemed to suggest, have little opportunity. “Not very comforting to Boca Chica Village,” he said. “I think the actual danger to Boca Chica Village is low, but it’s not tiny, and we want the super tiny risk. So apparently over time, better to buy out the villagers.”
. So probably over time, better to buy out the villagers.”
The map of this small slice of Texas has now been redrawn. It is now the home of quiet, idyllic beaches and a colossal, futuristic-looking spaceship. The worlds couldn’t seem further apart, but if Musk’s vision becomes reality, they will both feel ordinary. A trip into the sky might seem as routine as a drive to the beach.