SpaceX still surprises with the popularization of space exploration. It not only does a fantastic job of reaching and exploring outer space, as evidenced by its efforts to transport supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station, but also exhibits retrospective exhibitions that are catching people's interest around the world. Recently Elon Musk – the CEO of SpaceX – released images and information about his so-called "Starship" Hopper test rocket.
The Prototype Funnel was recently built in a project that hopefully will be used to colonize Mars . Anyone following Musk will know that he is a passionate supporter of Mars. Scientists and engineers urge everyone to stand behind an exploratory mission that can take us to a whole new frontier. Now it is becoming reality more than dreaming. Starship and its huge first-stage booster, Super Heavy, formerly referred to as the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), could be the vehicles to do this important job. For Starship and Super Heavy to be successful, many things need to be considered and a lot of power needs to be expended.
This is not just another 384,400 kilometer moon mission. This trip will be more than 1
These are the reasons why a trip to Mars is a struggle. But nothing good ever comes easy. SpaceX has shown highly promising signs of improved space exploration with the launch of reusable rockets, and now Musk has released the first images of the Starship prototype which will soon undergo short "hopping" excursions to its Feasibility test. These vertical take-off and landing tests (VTOL) will float up to 5 kilometers above the ground before landing on the ground again. The funnel prototype rises to a height of approximately 39 meters (128 feet) and has a diameter of 9 meters (30 feet). The stainless steel exterior begins at the top with the three rear "fins" that serve as legs as it stands on the floor.
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The spaceship looks strikingly like a science fiction comic from the 1950s because it was after a was modeled. Anyone following Musk will also know that he is a big fan of cultural references in his SpaceX work. In February 2018 Musk tested the Falcon Heavy in which he placed one of his sister company's Tesla cars in orbit around the sun. Inside the Tesla was Starman, a space suit mannequin named after 1972's hit song by David Bowie.
In the case of Starship, the rocket was inspired by the adventure of the comic of 1954. Bookheld Tintin in "Explorer on the Moon". Although Starship does not have the red and white checkered appearance of Tintin's rocket, everything else is remarkably similar. This inspiration was confirmed by Musk at an event in September 2018, which he continued in the following words: "If in doubt, go to Tintin." Musk tweeted a picture of the prototype sitting in one of the SpaceX factories near Boca Chica, Texas.
Starship and Super Heavy will both use the powerful Raptor engine on which SpaceX is still working. It was suggested that in June 2019, SpaceX will build Starship's orbital prototype and connect it to the Super Heavy Booster for improved testing.
This project is sure to be extremely exciting. Musk has set out its ambitions to carry out two unmanned cargo missions to Mars by 2022, followed by one occupation around the Moon and as early as 2023 (19459004). This last mission will carry the 43-year-old Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. In 2024 SpaceX could then be able to carry out missions to Mars. This will provide the platform for the creation of settlements on Mars, and science fiction will become a firm reality. After that, the possibilities are endless. Could Mars be the answer to problems on Earth?
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