Life on Mars Pt III

Talk of travelling to Mars has been all the all the rage the past few weeks. In line with that, Elon Musk has given an update on his means of getting there on his Starship.

The plans Musk has for his new fleet is to get people both to Mars and the Moon, but also to decrease travel time around the earth itself.

So we are set up with warming the climate for in-habitation, but what about the journey.

The plan is to start the flights in the coming months under the SpaceX prototypes, and the Mk1 version is set to reach that with high altitude tests in January.

“So this thing is going to take off, fly to 65,000 feet, about 20km, and come back and land. So that giant thing, it’s really going be pretty epic to see that thing take off and come back.”

The Starship itself is 50m tall, which is just over 4 double Decker buses, and it will fly above the booster, titled the Super Heavy.

The first space test flight Musk wants to schedule for mid 2020 with the Mk3 Starship. Unlike most current spaceships, the SpaceX designs all encompass reusable parts.

Musk also has one customer confirmed the Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezaw, who wishes to simply take a trip to the Moon and back with some artists, what a delightful way to spend a holiday.

The new materials being used by SpaceX in aero surfaces and the progress in the methane burning raptor engines has been substantial, but some materials havent been quite so futuristic with steel plate being used on the hull rather than cost due to $127,500 per ton cost saving.

Musk has received much criticism in the past, targeted at his aspirations on reaching Mars, rather than focusing on the problems at home. However, his response seemed quite apt,

“There are many troubles in the world, of course, and these things are important and we need to solve them. But we also need things that make us excited to be alive, that make us glad to wake up in the morning and be fired up about the future, and to think, yeah, the future is going to be great. Space exploration is one of those things.”

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