Friday, August 6, 2021

Time For Some Space DOOM! SpaceX's Starship 20 (SN20) Boca Chica, Texas

SpaceX's Super Heavy rocket is moved to the launch pad while the Starship spacecraft that it will blast into orbit for the first time is rolled to the site 

SpaceX's Starship Serial Number 20 (SN20), which is set for an orbital launch later this year, has rolled out to the firm's testing facility in Boca Chica, Texas, a day after the Super Heavy booster was lowered onto the launch pad. CEO Elon Musk tweeted three pictures Wednesday of a giant crane hoisting the booster, including its 29 massive Raptor engines, onto the pad, noting 'Mechazilla will do this for future rockets, but it's not quite ready.' Mechazilla will eventually be the Starship tower that catches the giant booster following a launch. On Thursday, SN20 appeared on the launch site with its nose cone pointed directly at the stars. Super Heavy is the first stage of SpaceX's two-stage, fully reusable Starship system, which will be used to send people and cargo to Mars and other distant planets. The upper, or second stage, is the 165-foot-tall Starship. Musk has calculated that to reach his goal of putting one million humans on Mars by 2025, his Starship rockets would need to conduct around three flights a day and a total of 1,000 flights a year. Source 

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