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After CEO Elon Musk shared new details about its in-development Starship spacecraft on Saturday, SpaceX has updated its website with a new section dedicated to the fully reusable cargo and passenger vehicle. The new Starship website also provides a bunch of info about Super Heavy, the first stage booster that will propel Starship to orbital altitudes and beyond.
Starship, once complete, will be “world’s most powerful launch vehicle,” according to SpaceX, with a cargo capacity of 100 metric tonnes (that’s over 220,000 lbs) to Earth orbit. With orbital refuelling, it’ll also be able to take its freight – and passengers – to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
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Per the new Starship site, the final vehicle will be 160 ft tall (without the booster) and 30 ft in diameter, with a propellant capacity of 1,200 metric tonnes of liquid methane and liquid oxygen. Payload, and crew depending on configuration, will occupy the top third of the rocket, while the bottom two thirds will house the propellant and six Raptor engines, including three for atmospheric flight, and three for propulsion in space. At the top of the rocket, there are two actuated (meaning you can control their movement) fins that will move to orient the rocket for re-entry and landing. At the bottom, two large fins will also help produce drag, crucial for its controlled descent. Starship will be made of stainless steel, and one half of its surface will be covered in glass tiles to take the brunt of the worst of the heat upon atmospheric entry.
As for Super Heavy, it’ll have the same 30-foot diameter, but be much taller at 223 feet, with a propellant capacity of a massive 3,300 metric tonnes, and a thrust capability of 72...
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