The SpaceX orbital prototype of the Starship is fully assembled. They placed the nosecone on it and it has three Raptor engines.
This is time for Elon Musk to make a presentation on Starship tomorrow.
NOTE: There is some plumbing, wiring and other work that still needs to be done. I just could not resist the Star Wars quote reference. Also, the second Death Star was also highly incomplete when the Emperor made the statement. Elon will be presenting in a few hours.
The point of the presentation is to inspire the public and get people excited about space and the future.
Do we want to choose the future where we are on many world and exploring the stars? The critical breakthrough is to make space travel like air travel. We fly the airplane many time. We flew 747s about 30,000 to 100,000 times over its life. We fly them for decades and fly them pretty much every day.
The main constraint on the Super-Heavy booster is ramping up the production of the Raptor engines.
They will need 100 Raptor engines to get to the orbital test. They build one Raptor engine currently every eight days. On 2 months they want to get to one Raptor engine every two days. By Q12020, they want to get to one engine every day. This means the orbital flight would not be until about March, 2020.
SpaceX wants to be able eventually refly boosters up to 20 times a day.
They will fly the Starship about 3-4 times a day. The orbital limitation is about the orbits. This would not be a limitation for a point to point version.
The fully reusable fleet of Super Heavy Starship will increase humanities launch capacity by 10000 times. This is max theoretical.
With 20 rockets you could put 3 million tons per year into orbit.
Less than one year to start from the steel design to the current state. Four months to start building the orbital prototype to the current state.
Tesla’s will be able to operate on Mars. They need no oxygen.
They will bring boring machines to mine water, get materials for bricks and build underground bases.
Mission Accomplished- Elon Musk inspired people about space and the future.
— Abhilash Menon (@CherokeeMonk) September 27, 2019
Starship will allow us to inhabit other worlds
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 27, 2019
Three Raptors on a Starship pic.twitter.com/UrRiD62EVk
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2019
SOURCES- Elon Musk Twitter, SpaceX
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com