SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is currently working on many design issues of the all-new Starship rocket. The recent success of the historic “Launch America“ event is a reason for the company’s increase in confidence. Space missions will soon see many more entries from private organizations. This is another reason why Elon Musk wants to send the first private spacecraft to the moon.
The Starship rocket recently met with an accident just before the launch of Falcon-9 with the Crew Dragon capsule. While being prepared for a test launch in the lower orbit, the spacecraft exploded into a ball of fire. At the time of the explosion, the main cause was different. The fire was probably due to some malfunction of the ignition chamber. But this accident led them to realize a problem with the landing mechanism.
SpaceX completed a fifth static fire test of its SN4 Starship prototype on Friday afternoon. About a minute after there was some type of uncontrolled leak, and then it exploded. Looks like substantial damage to the test stand. This is why they test. Images via @NASASpaceflight pic.twitter.com/hRFR9jg3aw
— Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) May 29, 2020
SpaceX Starship: New landing mechanism for Moon Mission
Elon Musk explains that the atmospheric Starship variant meant to one day make it back to Earth. Or perhaps land on other planets with an atmosphere such as Mars which will have “forward thrusters” to stabilize ship when landing in high winds.
Forward thrusters are to stabilize ship when landing in high winds. If goal is max payload to moon per ship, no heatshield or flaps or big gas thruster packs are needed. No need to bring early ships back. They can serve as part of moon base alpha.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 8, 2020
But the Lunar Starship will be different. If the goal is to maximize payload to moon per ship, no heatshield or flaps or big gas thruster packs are needed. Starship, in its final configuration, will have the ability to launch 100 tons of cargo into space. In a different configuration, it can launch 100 passengers at one time.
Overall, the spacecraft will soon become the perfect rendition for Moon missions. Upgrade of the lunar landers will help in many future missions. Let us know what you have to say in the comments section below! Also, do not forget to join us on our Telegram Channel for more such latest updates and discussions.
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.