SpaceX’s Starship manual suggests that the craft can be used to carry cargo and up to 100 passengers
SpaceX’s new Starship suggests the vessel can be used to carry multiple satellites or up to 100 passengers in a single journey
- The manual outlines multiple use cases for SpaceX’s Starship vessel
- The company anticipates that Starship can orbit several satellites
- It can also be configured to carry 100 passengers on one trip
- SpaceX says it will have private booths, observation decks and common areas
A new user manual for the budding spacecraft from SpaceX provides insight into what the company has in store for the future of the ship.
According to the manual, which was highlighted by Techcrunch, which was released by the company this month, SpaceX sees Starship playing a dual role.
On the one hand, the company describes the vessel as a high-capacity freight carrier capable of carrying cargoes into space and also as a passenger compartment liner.
According to the company, the vessel will be able to transport satellites of different sizes to space, including larger geosynchronous and other smaller constellation satellites in one voyage.
A view in SpaceX’s Starship owner’s manual shows the vessel taking off from what appears to be some sort of colony or base on the Moon
Starship (photo) has made great leaps in the past year after a successful test by its predecessor, Starhopper. The company hopes to conduct a 12-mile test flight later this year
Starship may also be able to repair satellites by intercepting Earth orbit and then carrying them back to Earth or leaving them for fixation in space.
In addition, SpaceX says the Starship sees it as a kind of ‘in-space demonstration spacecraft’ that can carry scientific cargo into space and then bring it back down.
As for passengers, SpaceX says the vessel can carry as many as 100 people to low Earth orbit or even the Moon and Mars and will include “ private cabins, large common areas, centralized storage, solar storms, and a viewing gallery. ‘
Elon Musk’s private space company, SpaceX, received final approval to build a research and manufacturing plant focused on developing its deep-space Starship project on a parcel of vacant land in Los Angeles.
The craft may also eventually launch from Florida, as can the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas, which means that as more Starship crafts are built, it can help increase the pace of launches.
A recently approved facility is likely to accelerate the completion of Starship, bringing the craft a step closer to thriving.
As designed, the Starship itself is actually the top half of a colossal interplanetary missile system that will be 387 feet (118 meters) long and capable of carrying dozens of people to the Moon and Mars in a single launch.
Musk has said he hopes the Starship will be ready for its first orbital test flight later this year.
In a formal request in September, SpaceX asked for permission to fly Starship over 12 miles into space and then land the craft back in the same spot.
This achievement would represent a major leap forward for the company, which has recently completed a successful series of tests on the Starship prototype, Starhopper, and gives new insight into how close the company is to completing the vehicle.