SpaceX Starship: New Details Revealed!

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As We Wait for Musk’s Next Big Announcement about SpaceX Starship, New Details are Leaked.

SpaceX founder, and my favorite slightly-eccentric robber-baron billionaire, Elon Musk will announce the next step in Starship’s evolution at the end of this month. Space junkies (I don’t have a problem… I don’t, okay!? Mind your own damn business, Tina…) everywhere are sitting on pins and needles trying to get any kind of clue about what will be the most amazing rocket and spacecraft built to date. In Boca Chica, TX, prowl around the SpaceX complex. They take pictures and video of the massive Mk1 prototype under construction.

YouTubers then take that footage and talk all about it. Then space junkies serious space journalists like me can bring you summaries of their videos. One such YouTuber is spaceXcentric, and he’s made a new video about some cool new Starship details:

Here’s What We Know…

First, most people observing the Mk1 prototype’s construction around Boca Chica assumed that the final hull ring was installed last week. However, crews installed another one, with what looks like an umbilical locks system since then.

Second, aerial photos show a lot of Super-Heavy rings on the ground at the facility. The Super Heavy—the rocket formerly known as the BFR (I still think they should have kept that name…)—will carry Starship out of the atmosphere and eventually to Mars. Musk, according to the video, has his sights aimed at the moons of Saturn and Jupiter after that.

On the technical side, we know that Starship currently doesn’t have any launch abort procedures. Musk, though, thinks there should be some. The spacecraft’s outer Raptor engines could be fixed to the outer edges of the spacecraft. Meanwhile, the inner one could gimbal for stability during launch.

Finally, SpaceX’s application to the FAA for the planned 20km launch test reveals that such a launch won’t take place until October 13th at the soonest.  Until then, we’ll just have to keep on hoping the folks at Boca Chica keep taking pics and video, and that Musk keeps tweeting out spoilers. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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