Elon Musk Thinks the First Orbital Flight of Starship Will Be in 2021

Elon Musk had a phone interview for the Human to Mars Conference. He mentioned that there will be improvements for the Super Heavy Starship. SpaceX is spending $5 billion on the Super Heavy Starship development program. NASA is providing $100-150 million of support for a lunar version of Starship. A recent ArsTechnica article mentioned Starship …

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What Exponential Space Capabilities Can Look Like

People know that computers became a multi-trillion dollar industry because it rode the exponential growth in power of Moore’s Law. Aviation also experienced decades of exponential growth and Space has had ten years of exponential growth and is looking at 40 years of exponential growth. Air passenger travel had decades of exponential growth in passengers. …

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Magnet Enhanced Aerocapture Would Enable 39 Day Mars Crewed Flights

Direct comparisons were made between aerocapture and competing orbit insertion techniques based on state-of-the-art and advanced chemical propulsion, solar electric propulsion, and aerobraking. Aerocapture is enabling for three missions: delivery of spacecraft into elliptical orbits at Neptune and circular orbits at Jupiter or Saturn. Aerocapture significantly enhances five other missions by putting larger, and usually …

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Gene Edited Algae and Microbes to Make Fuel on Mars

NASA NIAC fund work to use bioorganisms to perform atmospheric in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). Utilizing 100% ISRU for propellant production, they aim to reduce the Entry Descent Landing (EDL) mass of a crewed mission to Mars by approximately 7 tons. This technology will enable long-term human presence on Mars and beyond because costly propellant deliveries …

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SpaceX in 2021 Will Have 3,000 Employees Mass-Producing Two Starships Per Week

Felix Schlang at What about It? has covered key news from Elon Musk’s Starship conversation with Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Society. Elon Musk says currently there are 300 employees working on Starships in Boca Chica. Elon said by next year there will be 3,000 employees working on building a factory for mass-producing two …

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Carnival of Space 643 – Large Parts of Mars has Water 1-12 Inches from Surface

The Carnival of Space 643 is up at the Urban Astronomer. Universe Today -NASA Maps Out the Water On Mars. Some Will Be So Easy to Get, You Could Dig it Out With a Shovel. This rainbow-colored map shows underground water ice on Mars. Cool colors represent less than one foot (30 centimeters) below the …

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