SERVICE TO EARTH ORBIT, MOON, MARS AND BEYOND- that’s what SpaceX describes Starship mission. So if you are a space travel lover this is the right place you have come.
WHAT IS STARSHIP?
SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket is a fully reusable two-stage-to-orbit transport system made for both cargo and passenger.
Super heavy – the most powerful launch vehicle ever developed to take an excess of 100 metric tonnes to Earth orbit will be used This mission will have two components a booster Super Heavy and the Starship for orbital missions. Starship will serve as both the second stage and a long duration orbital spaceship.
The whole vehicle will have a height of 120m with a diameter of 9m and a payload weight of 100+ tonnes. Raptor Engine will be used which will work on methalox fuel.
It all started in 2001 when Elon Musk gave the “Mars Oasis” project whose objective is to land a miniature experimental greenhouse. That contains seeds with dehydrated gel on Mars to grow plants on Martian soil.
In 2007 Elon Musk stated a personal goal of the settling of human civilization on Mars. The company was expecting its first colony on Mars till mid-2020 in 2014. But due to some issues, the first humans on Mars will be no earlier than 2025.
Here is the SpaceX Mars Architecture –
1) Reusable super heavy-lift launch vehicle. – This will provide a long duration to the spacecraft able to carry cargo, passengers, and propellent cargo.
2) Refiling of propellants in orbit. – For long journey spacecraft as it will expend all its propellant during the launch to low Earth orbit. It is very important to refuel so that spacecraft has sufficient energy to set itself into the interplanetary trajectory.
3) Propellant production on Mars – To enable a return trip to Earth and make the spacecraft reusable the tanks will be filled remotely.
4) Propellant Selection – Methane/Oxygen known as deep cryo methalox was selected as the fuel as it is considered better than other fuels and it will easy to produce it on Mars.
“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great – and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than in the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.” – Elon Musk.
We are eagerly waiting for this man’s ambition to come true as its success will take human civilization to the next level.
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