Elon Musk unveils the ‘giant dome’ of the Starship rocket a month after the craft prototype is EXPLODED
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and his team worked tirelessly on completing the new giant dome of the Starship rocket after the vessel inflated its top during a cryogenic pressure test last month.
The billionaire shared videos on his Twitter page that showed the assembly of the massive structure and stated that this is the hardest part of the craft to build.
Musk noted that he worked with SpaceX technicians in Boca Chica, Texas all night, trying to prepare the dome production for the Mk3 prototype from Starship, which will bring astronauts to Mars.
He also revealed during the weekend that ‘the first flight will hopefully be 2 to 3 months away’.
Musk has shared multiple videos – one on Friday and the other on Monday – showing the progress of the huge Starship dome on one site.
The clips show three huge structures that are combined to make a complete top for the Starship rocket.
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared videos on his Twitter page showing the assembly of the massive structure, stating that it is the hardest part of the craft to build
“Woke up all night with the SpaceX team working on the production of Starship tank domes (the most difficult part of the primary structure). Dawn is arriving, “Musk wrote with the video that was shared on Friday.
The clip shows the rising sun on his team at the site in Texas while they work on the dome.
And the second video seems to have been made in the early morning hours.
“Almost three now,” reads the message.
“Boca team is crushing it! Starship has huge dome ‘.
One clip (left) shows the sun rising on his team at the site in Texas while working on the dome. And the second video (right) seems to have been made in the early morning hours. “Almost three now,” reads the message. “Boca team is crushing it! Starship has a huge dome
The first full-sized Starship prototype exploded last month during a cryogenic pressure test at SpaceX facilities near the village of Boca Chica, South Texas.
Videos of the explosion shared on social media show plumes of smoke coming from the top of the 50-meter spaceship.
According to spectator LabPadre, who shared a video on YouTube, the summit shot nearly 500 feet in the air while cryofluid flooded the complex.
Fortunately there were no injuries during the event.
After the explosion, Musk on Twitter shared that the company will now focus on Mk3 – a newer prototype of the Starship spacecraft designed for orbit, where the dome will find its new home.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared on Twitter that he and his team worked tirelessly to complete the gigantic dome of the Starship rocket after the vessel had blown its top during a cryogenic pressure test last month
Musk has kept the public informed of the progress of the structure and shared the development on Twitter
The Starship prototype exploded last month during a cryogenic pressure test at the facilities of SpaceX near the village of Boca Chica, South Texas. Videos of the explosion shared on social media show plumes of smoke coming from the top of the 50-meter spaceship
Absolutely, but to go to the Mk3 design. This had some value as a production pathfinder, but the flight design is very different, “Musk wrote in response to a question on Twitter.
The spokesperson added: “The decision had already been made not to fly with this test article and the team is focused on the Mk3 builds, which are designed for a job.”
The spaceship, which Musk has said is capable of carrying around 100 passengers, will then find its own way to the moon, Mars or possibly deeper into space.
SpaceX hopes that its reusable rocket style will represent a major breakthrough in space technology that will ultimately make exploration cheaper and more sustainable.
Musk shared in early November that the vessel uses only $ 900,000 in propellant to take off, compared to the 1.3 million dollars that NASA spent on rocket fuel.
This prize suggests that SpaceX would only spend $ 2 million per mission, rather than the huge $ 450 million that the US space agency is running down every time they launch a rocket.
Ultimately, Musk hopes that the company’s Starship could help people reach Mars for the first time and has set an optimistic timeline for when the experimental vessel could do this.
The first manned Red Planet mission for the rocket and the 100-passenger Starship could come as early as the mid-2020s if development and testing went well, Musk said.
Additional missions may even include tourist journeys to the moon by 2024, according to the CEO.
WHAT IS ELON MUSK’S ‘BFR’?
The BFR (Big F *** ing Rocket), now known as Starship, will complete all missions and is smaller than the one that Musk announced in 2016.
The CEO of SpaceX said the rocket would make its first trip to the red planet in 2022, with freight only, followed by a manned mission in 2024, claiming that other SpaceX products would be ‘cannibalized’ to pay for it.
The rocket would be partially reusable and could fly directly from Earth to Mars.
Once built, Musk believes the rocket could be used for traveling on Earth – saying that passengers could get anywhere within an hour.