Elon Musk, the man who promises Mars! It is really enthralling to know that we already intend to colonize another planet than ours, and Musk has been at the forefront of making it possible. For several weeks, Musk has tortured with the Starship renderings and conceptual images that will be used to carry passengers to the moon and since March.
Now he has presented, on Twitter, the actual prototype that will be used in the flight. He wrote "Starship Test Flight Rocket just finished mounting on the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is a real picture, not a rendition,"
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
The Starship design definitely reminds you of the retroform that we have seen in old sci-fi movies and drawings . Basically, it really is a form that we can relate to and look wonderful on it.
Most of the visual effect comes from the stainless steel body it sports. Some of the fans showed concern over why SpaceX chose stainless steel instead of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber or aluminum or more expensive titanium.
However, Elon replied back saying that the election was deliberate given that this rocket will do a lot of re-entry, and must therefore resist much heat build-up. If you were to study the overall shape and structure of the spacecraft, you notice that it is not as big as what we usually see with rockets.
You are right on that assumption, as this is a prototype, it must undergo a serious test before installing a real version. So, the prototype will be used to make many suborbital flights, which helps engineers refine the new rocket system.
In addition, the final building is proposed to have much larger and more powerful thruster than it now has, the Super Heavy rocket rockers. The super heavy launch vehicle will be able to lift 50 tons.
The final version of Starship will also receive a ruttnos.
– Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@JaneidyEve) January 10, 2019
Starship racket was first called BFR or Big Falcon Rocket. The final building is set for orbital launch in 2020.
In the future, Elon wants to build a base on Mars, which in the future can help people colonize Mars. The man gave himself a 70% chance of doing so!
But he is also aware of the risks. "Your likelihood of dying on Mars is much higher than on Earth. It will be difficult. There is a good chance of dying, going into a small cage through deep space." Elon said in an interview with Axios.
The cost of one person to Mars is set at a few hundred thousand dollars. And in the coming years we hope to see the final version of SpaceX's Starship.
Are you ready for Mars?