“SpaceX’s Starship launch vehicle has many potential uses and capabilities that will enable companies and organizations to access space like never before. Engineers are developing the fully-reusable Starship launch system at the Starbase facility located in Boca Chica Beach, Texas. Reusability enables SpaceX to reduce the cost of spaceflight and enable a sustainable human presence in space long-term. The company has already performed multiple test flights with Starship prototypes, they are now getting ready to conduct the first full-scale orbital flight test with a Super Heavy rocket. Super Heavy is designed to propel Starship to orbit, powered by up to 29 methane-fueled Raptor engines. It is set to become the world’s most powerful and largest rocket in history! Starship will be a versatile launch vehicle that will revolutionize space exploration. “
Comment: IMO the deep significance of Musk’s progress toward achievement of his vision in space has really not sunk in with the mass of people who are wasting their time in contemplating the Bidonian Covid obsession. pl
Create ones own circumstances as much as possible. Don’t let Biden bots create them for you. Now Biden says back to normal is 98% vaccinated. We can’t even get 70% of drivers with cheap liability insurance. Create your own world or as in Musk case get off this clown one.
This is truly an exciting project. If the deep state, Davos crowd, QAnon and any other conspiratorial cabal out there wants to do something constructive with their digital bullhorns, they should be hyping the bejeezus out of the Starship and make it’s first full system launch a worldwide must see event just like the first landing on the Moon.
The Starships could easily replace space stations and can also be used as manned control stations for all kinds of robotic explorations eliminating the common delays in Earth controlled robotic explorations. I do believe Musk will get us well on the way to a city of one million on Mars, but I still don’t know what all those people will do to occupy their time.
Begin the project of terraforming Mars. That will give them plenty to do for a hundred years or so.
Unless they are manual tunnelers and ditch diggers, it won’t take a fraction of the population. Besides, I bet Musk had Mars in mind when he came up with The Boring Company. His first fully in house designed boring machine can dig a 12 foot diameter tunnel far faster than existing machines. His Starships will certainly be transporting a bunch of those, or something similar to Mars.
Send all of the Wokies/Democrats to Mars. It’s the “red planet” after all. Perfect place to build their utopia. I would happily contribute to that plan.
If I were younger I would be happy to have you send me.
I’m all over it still.
I’m staying fit for the next 10 to 20 years or so. If the process of getting there and back gets smoothed out enough that enough rich people are making the trip, I will happily personally travel there to establish a bar and brothel, casino and maybe a hamburger joint. Hey, what happens on Mars, stays on Mars.
Elon Musk is transforming space exploration among other ventures. Amazing what a determined entrepreneur with a vision can accomplish, especially compared to the giant contractors like Lockheed & Boeing who have been used to sucking billions from the government teat with much less to show.
My favorite African American and America’s only viable access to space.
The money Boeing and Space Farce are squandering is criminal.
SpaceX going from strength to strength.
All Bezos can do is to litigate and regulate his vanity project to relevance.
Boeing paying for fake OP-ED pieces about SpaceX dangerous launch systems were a nice example of MIC absolute corruption.
Musk is an African American? As Wellington said when asked if he were Irish, “if a man is born in a stable is he a horse?”
South African born American by choice.
Enjoy tweaking the sainted African American nonsense that is all to common now.
STARSHIPS..Aye…Things of Beauty….A Giant Leap..For Mankind…Into the Future…Musk..The Mystery. Man….A Time Traveler..Invited By Tesla..To Keep Dreams Alive…For Those..Who Look To the Stars,,and Always Have..With A Desire…To See More..
A while back you ran a post concerning new laser technology that may be a pathway to practical fusion energy. I added a comment to that thread concerning a major advance in another technology that may also open another pathway to practical fusion energy, namely enhancement to the power of magnetic fields to a degree sufficient to contain fusion reactions. Here is the link to the article I posted:
It occurred to me subsequently, that perhaps this technology may be useful in solving a besetting problem for human travel beyond the protection of the Earth’s magnetic field, that posed by the dangers from solar radiation and solar flares, as well as from cosmic rays. If human space travellers could be surrounded by a strong magnetic field that travelled with them generated by these high temperature superconducting magnets, the danger posed by radiation and highly-energetic particles could be alleviated.. And perhaps a magnetically-contained fusion reaction could both supply the energy to maintain such a protective magnetic shield, as well as do double duty as a means of generating propulsion. Nuclear propulsion seems to be a good way to efficiently move about the solar system in shorter time frames through slow, but continuous acceleration/deceleration, as with ion drives. This was my idea, anyway, practical or not.
Lots of scifi reading when younger, and inspiration via the space program and its promise got me interested initially. I even wrote a high school term paper on nuclear propulsion for space travel; wrote away to NASA for materials on then-current thinking on that prospect. At that time, nuclear fission was the envisaged energy source, but shielding from its associated radiation was an unresolved issue, as radiation-ablative materials imposed a toll in adding considerable mass to the vehicle. Fusion as an energy source, if containment of dangerous radiation could be attained through a magnetic field, might just make it workable after all.
The thread was old even then, so I thought that I would wait for a chance to raise this notion in a fresh thread.
“The 160-foot-tall stainless-steel spacecraft will be capable of launching over 100 tons of cargo to orbit,”
That’s a heck of a cargo capacity. It would be a much greater use of our money to fund building multiple of these platforms, rather the the high-speed-graft-railways the left keeps bringing up.