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SpaceX will try to pick up the spacecraft’s boosters instead of landing them

SpaceX will try to pick up the spacecraft's boosters instead of landing them

Concept image showing the spacecraft atop its super-heavy booster.

Concept image showing the spacecraft atop its super-heavy booster.
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Not content to keep things simple or easy, SpaceX plans to capture its incoming Super Heavy booster rockets in the launch tower, allowing for a subsequent relaunch after just one hour.

Not to be confused with Falcon Heavy, Super Heavy will be a stage booster for SpaceX’s upcoming Starship. The second stage of the system will be the Starship itself, which is designed for both launch and landing alone. However, when paired with the booster, the Starship will be transformed into a massive launch system capable of transporting cargo and dozens of passengers to Earth, Moon and Mars orbit.

The Super Heavy, like the second stage of the Starship, is still in development, and the specifications are in great change. Originally, the Super Heavy booster was supposed to land with the ability to roll back Legs similar to those seen on the company’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket. But as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explained in a recent series of tweets, they have reorganized that concept.

“We will try to capture the Super Heavy Booster with the arm of the launch tower, using the mesh fins to withstand the load,” chirp In response to an inquiry. “It saves mass and leg cost and enables the booster to be repositioned immediately to release the mount – ready to regenerate in under an hour,” Added musk.

SpaceX is designing a system capable of launching Starships at one hour intervals indicating the company’s future ambitions. It remains to be seen if these gigantic boosters – and which will Measure 230 feet (70 meters) wide and 30 feet (9 meters) wide – it can indeed That way, but Musk’s impressive track record means we need to take this possibility seriously.

Equipped with more than two dozen Raptor engines, the Super Heavy booster will exert over 16 million pounds of power. By comparison, NASA’s upcoming SLS Block 2 will do just that provide 9.5 million pounds from thrust.

On December 12th, SpaceX Their performance HighAltitude test of a Starship prototype missile, which blew to pieces while attempting to land. musk Described It is a “successful ascent,” adding that “we got all the data we need.” New Starship prototypes are currently being prepared for further testing, but there are no dates for these launches They were released.

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