June 12, 2024

SpaceX Starship

  • SpaceX’s Starship, the world’s biggest rocket, exploded during its first test-flight to space.

About Starship

  • SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket – collectively referred to as Starship
  • Super Heavy rocket:
    • It is the first stage, or booster, of the Starship launch system.
    • Powered by 33 Raptor engines using sub-cooled liquid methane (CH4) and liquid oxygen (LOX).
    • The Raptor engine is a reusable methane-oxygen staged-combustion engine that powers the Starship system.
    • Super Heavy is fully reusable and will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere to land back at the launch site.
  • Starship spacecraft:
    • It is the second stage of the Starship system.
    • It is also capable of point-to-point transport on Earth, enabling travel to anywhere in the world in one hour or less.
    • It is a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
  • It is the world’s most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, capable of carrying up to 150 metric tons fully reusable and 250 metric tons expendable.
  • Future deployment
    • NASA has picked the Starship spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the Moon in late 2025 — a mission known as Artemis III — for the first time since the Apollo program ended in 1972.
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