Hardly a week goes by when SpaceX doesn’t launch one of its Falcon ships into space. Elon Musk has made the place a profitable business Thanks for reusing his rocket. At the same time, he is immersed in his own space race that seems to aim to beat science fiction.
Musk wants to go to Mars and the journey begins at the Boca Chica Test Base in Texas. There, a giant 120 meters long Wait until everything is ready to fly for the first time. This is the whole Starship ship, the huge ship with which to reach the Red Planet.
SpaceX finally succeeds in May 2021 a very small prototype The ship landed successfully after several failed attempts that ended with spectacular explosions. There is no date for the launch of the rocket yet, but the tycoon is confident that it will happen “soon” and there is talk of “weeks”.
never seen a power
So far we only had designs and sketches of the Starship. Now, with the vehicle assembled in Boca Chica, it is possible to verify the magnitude of the SpaceX project. A 120 m high ship made of modules that should go into space and with a propeller 33 raptor engine Capable of doubling the power of the Saturn V, the rocket that took man to the moon in the Apollo missions.
Continuing with Elon Musk’s principle, his company ensures that the whole set will be reusable, As with the Falcon and Falcon Heavy, the massive boosters are designed to slowly descend after lifting the main ship into orbit.
These tests run parallel to NASA’s project that aims to return humans to the Moon. Artemis program managed to take a big step in November 2022 The launch of its SLS rocket and the shipment of the Orion spacecraft, without crew, to orbit the Moon and then return. A journey similar to that made by Apollo 8 on Christmas 1968 and which was the definitive impetus that would lead Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins to make history just a few months later.