Biggest Blast Off
On Saturday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk showed off his space company’s latest prototype of its Starship spaceship.
And now, SpaceX has published a new page of diagrams dedicated to the behemoth rocket, as well as the Super Heavy, the booster that will launch the Starship into orbit.
The page comes with a detailed infographic outlining some of the outrageous specs of the company’s record-breaking rocket. The 160 foot ship will have a payload-to-orbit capacity of over 100 tons and a diameter of 30 feet — twice as wide as NASA’s retired Space Shuttle.
The top third of the Starship will be dedicated to either crew members or cargo, depending on the configuration. Two actuated fins will control the rocket as it takes of and makes controlled descents.
An underside view shows the arrangement of the 37 Raptor engines of the Super Heavy booster. It will reportedly generate three million kilograms of lift using more than 3,000 tons of liquid methane and oxygen propellants. For perspective, a single next-gen Raptor engine will produce as much lift as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
As of 2019, NASA’s retired Saturn V rocket remains the most powerful rocket in space-faring history. With the advent of the Super Heavy configuration of SpaceX’s Starship, that record is likely about to be blasted to smithereens — doubling the total amount of thrust, according to Musk’s presentation on Saturday.
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