The Starship is currently in parallel development at SpaceX's South Texas and Florida facilities. The all-purpose spacecraft is set to be the successor for the existing spacecraft under SpaceX's belt, with a higher payload capacity and the ability to reach Moon and mars
Fremont, CA: After the success of the Falcon 9 and Falcon heavy launcher, SpaceX turns its attention towards the Starship spacecraft, which is designed to carry more payload than its predecessors. The new Starship spacecraft has been designed as a replacement for both Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. The company believes that they should be able to put the Starship into orbit by 2022. The Starship is currently in parallel development at SpaceX's South Texas and Florida facilities. The all-purpose spacecraft is set to be the successor for the existing spacecraft under SpaceX's belt, with a higher payload capacity and the ability to reach Moon and mars.
“Aspirationally, we want to get Starship to orbit within a year,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO, SpaceX. “We definitely want to land it on the Moon before 2022. We want to stage cargo there to make sure that there are resources for the folks that ultimately land on the Moon by 2024, if things go well, so that’s the aspirational time frame.” However, Shotwell herself realizes that these timelines can be unrealistic sometimes, and it is the general trend in the space industry to set deadlines that are impossible to keep up with. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is often known for setting up ambitious deadlines that don't match up with reality.
“Elon puts out these incredibly audacious goals and people say ‘You’re not going to do it, you’ll never get to orbit, you’ll never get a real rocket to orbit, you’ll never get Heavy to orbit, you’ll never get Dragon to the station, you’ll never get Dragon back, and you’ll never land a rocket,’ ” Shotwell said. “So, frankly, I love when people say we can’t do it, because it motivates my fantastic 6,500 employees to go do that thing.”
The first orbital test flight for the Starship is set to take place within the next 12 months, once the Crew Dragon tests scheduled for the first week of November are completed. As of now, the company has built and tested a Starhopper demonstration vehicle that consisted of just the base of the vehicle and one of the raptor engines it will use for its new Starship launch system. After completing successful low altitude flights, SpaceX began assembling the Mk1 and Mk2 Starship test vehicles which represent the full-scale model of the ultimate orbital spacecraft.
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