It seems that the “Napoleonic” plans Ilona Mask at a relatively rapid start launches of space ship Starship are quite feasible. As you know, the ultimate goal of SpaceX has been the development of “reusable rockets” that SpaceX successfully managed to do with the Falcon 9 rocket. However, the new Starship project far more ambitious than any previous work. While the cost of launching one ship Starship in earth orbit will be quite acceptable. By the standards of space flight, of course.
How much does one run Starship
The cost of launching Falcon 9 rockets and Dragon cargo capsules decreases every year, but even these spacecraft, have limited resource use and still quite expensive for the company and customers. However, according to SpaceX engineers, Starship “should be more reusable and cheaper than the Falcon 9”. Besides, in itself a spaceship much more than its predecessors. Yes, to run such a massive rocket would require more fuel. But on the other hand, such a large object can be put into orbit far more payload or more people. How do you feel about the new creation of Elon musk? Share your opinion in the comments and in our chat in Telegram.
As it became known, not so long ago, Elon Musk met with Lieutenant General U.S. air force John Thompson, during the meeting they discussed, in particular, and the costs of running a Starship. Apparently, the military Department of the United States is interested to establish cooperation with SpaceX. But back to the topic. According to the publication Messgaes, Mr. Musk said that the cost of fuel for the starship should be about 900 000 US dollars for one spin. And operating and depreciation expenses add to this amount approximately 1 million and 200 thousand “American presidents”. Thus, the final amount should be about $ 2 million per flight into orbit.
Starship is designed to provide a high load capacity. Himself spacecraft will be paired with a super-heavy booster from SpaceX (which is yet kept secret), and the ship will have a system of refueling in orbit. The prospects of Starship you can use to transport large amounts of cargo to lunar orbit and ultimately to Mars. In the future SpaceX plans to switch to using the Starship, abandoning less profitable Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy
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At the moment, SpaceX is preparing a prototype Starship versions Mk1 and Mk2 for their first test flights, which will have to protest the possibility of controlled flight and landing of the spacecraft. These tests will take place in the earth’s atmosphere “already in the near future“. After completing this series of tests, Starship will begin to test for output into open space. The company is also optimistic hopes at the beginning of orbital testing in the first half of 2020. Well, we wish them good luck!