SpaceX Starship will bring humans to the Moon and Mars
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced updates about the company’s new spacecraft, the Starship, that will soon bring humans to the Moon or Mars.
Starship was first introduced in 2017. According to SpaceX, it serves as a large, long-duration spacecraft capable of carrying significant quantities of cargo and people which are essential for building Moon bases and Mars cities.
It will have a Super Heavy booster that contains 37 Raptor engines which is a full-flow, staged combustion rocket engine powered by cryogenic methane and liquid nitrogen. It will also have six landing legs and deployable grid fins so it can return and land on Earth.
The Starship Mk1 that Musk presented at Boca Chica, Texas uses welded panels and will have its first test flight in one to two months. Mk2 which is being built at another SpaceX facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida will have its test flight in two months. Mk3 and Mk4 with sheets of stainless steel will have test flights in three and four months, respectively. Mk3 and Mk5 are also expected to be in the orbital test in six months.