Elon Musk, the man who promises to Mars! It is certainly fascinating to know that we are already thinking of colonizing a planet different from our own and Musk has been at the forefront of making that possible. For weeks, Musk has teased up with the Starship images and concept pictures that will be used to transport passengers to the moon and then mars.
Now, he revealed, on Twitter, the real prototype that will be used on the flight. He wrote, "The Starship test flight rocket has just been assembled on the @SpaceX Texas launch site.This is a real image, not a rendering"
The Starship Test Flying Rocket finished assembly in the @ SpaceX Texas launch site. This is a real image, not a render. pic.twitter.com/k1HkueoXaz
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 11, 2019
The Starship design certainly recalls the retro shape we've seen in movies and old science fiction cartoons. In essence, it is certainly a way we can relate and look wonderful.
Most of this visual impact comes from the stainless steel body it bears. Some fans have voiced their concerns about why SpaceX chose stainless steel instead of lighter materials, such as carbon fiber or aluminum, or the more expensive titanium.
However, Elon replied back, saying that the choice was deliberate considering the fact that this rocket will do a lot of re-entries, and therefore has to withstand a lot of heat buildup. If you were to study the general shape and structure of the spacecraft, you will notice that it is not as large as the one we usually see with rockets.
You're right on that assumption, because this is a prototype, it has to go through some serious testing before a full-size version is built. Thus, the prototype will be used to make many suborbital flights, helping engineers refine the reentry rocket system.
Besides that, the final version is proposed to have much bigger and more powerful thrusters than it has now, the super heavy rocket propellers. The super heavy launch vehicle will be able to lift 50 tons.
The final version of Starship will also have a rounder nose.
SpaceX's first Starship Funnel under the cloudy Texas sky at Boca Chica Beach.@elonmusk #Starship #SpaceX pic.twitter.com/hVg5Ken7Vp
– Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@JaneidyEve) January 10, 2019
The Starship rocket was first called BFR or Big Falcon Rocket. The final construction is declared for orbital launch in 2020.
In the future, Elon wants to build a base on Mars, which in the future can help humans colonize Mars. The man gave himself a 70% chance to do that!
However, he is also aware of the risks involved. "His likelihood of dying on Mars is much greater than on Earth. It's gonna be hard. There is a good chance of death, getting into a small can through deep space. "Elon said in an interview with Axios.
The expense of a person to Mars is a few hundred thousand dollars. And in the next few years, we can wait to see the final version of SpaceX's Starship.
Are you ready for Mars?