Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Thinking Bigger – Motley Fool

Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Thinking Bigger – Motley Fool

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In a world of big-thinking tech CEOs, Elon Musk thinks bigger than most.Seemingly single-handedly, Musk first pioneered and then advanced the acceptance of electric cars as mass-market vehicles, solar power as an alternative to oil, and ... the possibility that Mars could be colonized. But as revolutionary as all those ideas may sound, it's Elon Musk's plans for his space company SpaceX that could be the real earth-shaker. Actual photo -- not an "artist's depiction" -- of SpaceX Starship MK1. Image source: SpaceX. Remember Starship? This is a song about Starship Specifically, his plans for the new "Starship" spacecraft that SpaceX is currently developing. To refresh your memory, Starship is the new working title for the reusable rocket that SpaceX once called "BFR, " and that it plans to test-fly later this year. It's designed to be built in two parts: Starship proper, which will carry up to 100 passengers, 100 tons of cargo, or a combination of the two, will stand 160 feet tall and have a diameter of 30 feet. Equipped with six Raptor engines, Starship will be able to launch from, land on, and travel between planets with low gravity -- even landing back on ....

In fact, with a liftoff thrust of 72 meganewtons, SuperHeavy will be twice as powerful as the Saturn V rocket that carried Americans to the moon. Combined with Starship, the combined vessel will stand 20 feet taller than the Saturn V.   Have you read my business plan on Twitter? In a series of tweets published across Twitter last month, Musk laid out some big numbers for what he expects Starship to accomplish in the coming months and years. Now, to be clear, Starship hasn't even launched yet, although an "MK1" version was assembled and stood up at SpaceX's Boca Chica, Texas, test site, and abbreviated versions of the craft dubbed "Starhoppers" have taken short "hop" test flights. But overlooking that minor detail, in January Musk tweeted out his hope that SpaceX will eventually be building as many as 100 reusable Starships per year, building toward a fleet numbering 1, 000 Starships or more.  Building 100 Starships/year gets to 1000 in 10 years or 100 megatons/year or maybe around 100k people per Earth-Mars orbital sync -- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 17, 2020 Now, if you read the rest of that tweet, you know that Musk also predicted that each ....

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