The SpaceX company, led by Elon Musk, has indicated once more that it is eager to launch Starship, the most potent rocket ever constructed, later this month. A picture of the Starbase “Megabay,” where four Super Heavy boosters appear to be prepared for launch, was released by the company.
The images posted on the Musk-owned X, formerly Twitter, are from the company’s Boca Chica, Texas, Starbase facility. There have already been two test launches of the Starship launch vehicle, both of which resulted in an explosion. If the Federal Aviation Authority of the United States grants SpaceX the required clearances, the company is eager to launch Starship once more in February.
The term “Starship” describes the combination of the Starship spacecraft and the Super Heavy booster, many of which can be seen in the above image. Constructed to transport people and goods into the orbit of our planet, the Moon, and potentially even Mars, they represent the subsequent generation of SpaceX’s launch systems.
The Super Heavy booster, which is the first stage of Starship, is intended to be fully reusable; following launch, it is intended to reenter the planet’s atmosphere and return to the launch pad. It will be 69 meters tall, 9 meters wide, and able to hold 3,400 tons of propellant. With 33 Raptor engines, it can generate nearly 7,600 tons of thrust collectively.
Consisting of an integrated payload section meant to carry both crew and cargo, the Starship spacecraft is the second stage of the system. Interestingly, Starship can reportedly travel point-to-point on Earth according to SpaceX. A payload capacity of between 100 and 150 tonnes will be available for the 50-meter-tall and 9-meter-wide spaceship. Three Raptor and three unique RVac engines—basically regular Raptor engines altered for operation in space vacuum—will power it.