How I See It: SpaceX’s new ambitious plan!3 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
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Aerospace has been the epicentre of science and engineering for the past 60 years. Since US President John F Kennedy officially signalled the beginning of the ‘space race’, humans have been obsessed with building rockets and getting out there into the great unknown.
Once the US landed humans on the moon, it seemed as if it might be easy to get back. But setback after setback and lack of passion for space exploration has led to where we are now. We have not set another footprint on the moon, and the attention has now shifted to Mars. But, could SpaceX’s new mission be its biggest one yet?
SpaceX made its claim to fame when it made the first reusable rocket booster. In 2016, it landed the booster for its Falcon 9 rocket on a ship at sea. Ever since then, SpaceX’s remarkable accuracy at landing boosters on land and at sea has made it the prime company to return humans to the moon. And, its new, fully reusable rocket is the one that they believe will do the job.
Starship is SpaceX’s brand new mission which hopes to send humans to Mars and beyond. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is concerned that climate change could affect the future of mankind on Earth. His Plan B is Mars, and he hopes to reach Mars with Starship.
Starship doesn’t only shine because of its metallic outer shell, it also shines because of how powerful it is. It surpasses the power of the rocket that sent humans to the moon, the Saturn V. SpaceX predicts Starship’s maximum payload will be about 100 metric tons to Earth orbit. Earth orbit is where most of our space creations reside, with the major exception of satellites, which are much higher up. But, only a rocket standing 120 meters tall and 9 meters in diameter can accomplish such an astonishing feat.
To accomplish such lofty goals, Starship is comprised of two parts. The bottom half makes up most of the Starship. It contains 30 Raptor engines, SpaceX’s new type of methane-powered engine designed specifically for Starship. The top part, as with most rockets, carries the payload to where it needs to go.
Some experts have estimated that if SpaceX succeeds with Starship alongside its global satellite internet venture Starlink, the company’s valuation could skyrocket into the trillions of dollars!