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SpaceX Starship event expected this September, says Elon Musk


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has implied he will continue the tradition of hosting an Starship upgrade event this season, probably presenting on the progress the company has made at its South Texas rocket factory.

Beginning in Guadalajara, Mexico at the September 2016 International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Musk has presented a comprehensive update on the status of SpaceX’s next-generation Starship launch vehicle in September or October for the last four decades. Previously referred to as the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) and Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), Starship is a continuation of the unprecedented advancement SpaceX has created with Falcon 9 and Heavy reusability.

SpaceX has managed to reliably reuse Falcon boosters 5times and is on the best way to copying this using payload fairings, but Musk has reasoned the Falcon family – despite being a few of the greatest operational rockets in life – is just too little to feasibly recover and reuse the orbital next stage. With Starship, SpaceX would like to require a slightly different strategy.

September sounds about Perfect

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 24, 2020

A senior SpaceX executive and engineer considers Starship’s first orbital launch may happen by the end of 2020. (SpaceX)

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While also a two-stage rocket, Starship will have a size more thrust than Falcon 9 and twice the push Saturn V, the largest liquid rocket ever launched. More importantly, both Starship stages are designed to be reusable, while entirely eliminating deployable payload fairings. In theory, once completely optimized, Starship and the Super Heavy booster ought to be effective at placing 150 metric tons (~330,000 lb) of payload to low Earth orbit (LEO) in one launch.

Obviously, that will be a huge challenge the most ambitious endeavor on the history of spaceflight – and SpaceX has a long way to go before it could even come close. Besides the enormous excitement and publicity it generates, offering comprehensive explanations of exactly SpaceX is progressing towards these goals and how Starship’s layout is probably the reason Musk has chosen to keep on doing presentations.

SpaceX will probably be years off from routine, full-reusable Starship starts but doesn’t mean that no progress was made. In the last ~10 months, SpaceX has flown Starhopper to 150 meters (500 ft), destroyed Starship Mk1; assembled, tested, and destroyed Starships SN1, SN3, SN4, along with four standalone test tanks; and enlarged its South Texas existence from virtually nothing to a large, semi-permanent factory.

Besides Starship creation and testing, SpaceX has evolved the cutting-edge Raptor engine. Per Musk, a variant of the existing Raptor engine could already be preparing for the initial test fires in McGregor, Texas. Meanwhile, SpaceX won its very first Starship contract from NASA a matter of months before, solidifying the aircraft ’s stature relative to some more traditional next-generation rockets from Blue Origin and also the United Launch Alliance (ULA).

Starship SN5 is possibly less than 24 hours away from kicking off an ambitious test campaign that may finish with it getting the very first full-scale prototype to carry flight. (NASASpaceflight – bocachicagal)

All things considered, there’s an extraordinary quantity of improvement on tap for the Starship upgrade Musk says is planned for September. With just a little luck, the 2020 presentation will align with Starship’s test program much enjoy the 2019 occasion did with Starhopper, coming just a few months after demanding flight tests.

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