March 2022 will be a milestone for the American space industry. After the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) rolled out the super-heavy launch vehicle SLS (Space Launch System) for the first time on the launch pad , the private company SpaceX showed its assembled Starship rocket.
At Starbase in Texas, a fully assembled launch vehicle that, at 120 meters high and 9 meters in diameter, is the largest space rocket in the world. With a dry weight of 300 tons, Starship can carry up to 250 tons of payload.
The spaceport in Boca Chica, Texas serves as a test site for testing Starship nodes and in the future will be a launch site for rocket launches. As Elon Musk himself stated, by the end of April, SpaceX will have at least 38 new Raptor rocket engines at its disposal, after which they will need to be installed on a rocket.
The first orbital flight of Starship is expected to take place in May 2022. The launch vehicle must fly around the Earth in order to make a controlled splashdown in the Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian Islands at the end of the flight.
What is Starship
According to SpaceX plans, Starship in the future will be not just a stage, but an integrated spacecraft: passenger, cargo or orbital tanker.
The ship is made of steel and uses a methane engine – to date, neither is used on modern mass-produced missiles. It is expected that with the help of Starship people will be able to go not only to Mars, but also to the Moon.
Elon Musk plans to conquer Mars with the help of a reusable super-heavy rocket, whose lower stage is called Super Heavy, and the upper stage is Ship 20. The ship will receive three new Raptor engines at once, which are developed specifically for the SpaceX project.
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