Welcome to Tesla Motors Club
Discuss Tesla's Model S, Model 3, Model X, Model Y, Cybertruck, Roadster and More.
Register

Blog Musk Delivers New Details on Starship








SpaceX shared new details Saturday on its plan to make humans interplanetary.

Chief Executive Elon Musk stood in front the the company’s next-generation Starship spacecraft built in Boca Chica, Texas and delivered a more thorough overview of the company’s plans for the rocket program. Musk said the “holy grail” for the program is around “rapid reusability.” Musk said the goal is to accomplish rapid reusability to the point where the company can fly the booster 20 times a day and fly Starship up to four times a day.

Musk believes that through rapid testing, the company will achieve reliability to carry humans on Starship as early as next year. 

The Super Heavy booster that will carry Starship into orbit will be about 1.5 times the height of the Starship itself. It will be powered by 37 Raptor engines.

Screen-Shot-2019-09-29-at-12.24.48-PM.png


Musk also detailed how it will be “totally nuts” to see Starship land. 

The Starship will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere in a horizontal position to increase drag “like a skydiver.” Starship will then perform a flip maneuver to become vertical for touch-down on six legs.

The Starship Mk1 is expected to conduct a sub-orbital, 70,000 feet test flight within two months. Musk said that the following test flight could be an orbital launch with the full Super Heavy booster.

SpaceX believes that someday Starship will carry up to 100 passengers on long-haul planet-to-planet flights.

Watch the full event above.

 
Last edited by a moderator:

bxr140

Active Member
Nov 18, 2014
3,198
5,363
Bay Area
As an engineer from the slide rule age Im surprised large/ heavy planes and rockets at this point are not launched on a maglev or similar sloped ramp..since we are talking reuse and constant launches..the energy savings adds ☝..

Potentially in the future, but those concepts require massive amounts of energy and have to be massive in size because of the practical limits of acceleration. Going straight up is still the most energy efficient since it gets you out of the atmosphere ASAP.
 
Potentially in the future, but those concepts require massive amounts of energy and have to be massive in size because of the practical limits of acceleration. Going straight up is still the most energy efficient since it gets you out of the atmosphere ASAP.
Hmmm. Something just occurred to me. Rockets should be launched from the southern hemisphere, the further south the better. That way they would be launched going down instead of up, and that would be far more efficient.

;)
 
  • Funny
Reactions: adiggs and thecloud

bxr140

Active Member
Nov 18, 2014
3,198
5,363
Bay Area
Hmmm. Something just occurred to me. Rockets should be launched from the southern hemisphere, the further south the better. That way they would be launched going down instead of up, and that would be far more efficient.

Maybe.

But I'm not sure the toilets on Starship are designed to swirl the wrong way.
 

Products we're discussing on TMC...

About Us

Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.

Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


SUPPORT TMC
Top