Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, teases a substantial Starship engine upgrade, saying it “seems like a nice idea.”
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has hinted at a big upgrade to Starship, implying that both stages of the interplanetary spacecraft will be equipped with more Raptor engines.
Elon Musk, a South African entrepreneur and tech magnate, offered some details about the future of Starship with his Twitter followers this weekend. The SpaceX CEO indicated in a series of questions and answers that he intends to increase the number of engines on his flagship spacecraft. Since the Mars rocket concept was originally shown to the world in 2012, the Starship, which is still in the development stage, has gone through many design alterations and upgrades.
The Super Heavy rocket and the Starship spaceship are the two stages of the Starship system.
Super Heavy is the workhorse, propelling Starship out of the atmosphere and into orbit with its array of 29 Raptor engines.
Once in space, Starship’s vacuum engines kick in and propel the spacecraft toward its intended destination, be it the Moon, Mars, or beyond.
Mr Musk, on the other hand, has told his Twitter followers that SpaceX is planning to raise the engine count on Super Heavy by three or four Raptors.
Marcus House, a YouTuber who frequently follows SpaceX’s activities, inquired on Sunday if the Raptor Boost engines, a suggested variation of the base Raptor engine, are aiming for a thrust of 300+ metric tons.
Mr Musk chimed in, speculating that the Super Heavy might be outfitted with additional engines.
“The current aim is to increase basic Raptor thrust to 230 tons or 500 million pounds and boost engine count to 32 or 33,” he stated.
“All Raptors on booster, whether fixed or gimbaling, would be the same,” he said in a follow-up tweet. 33*230 has a thrust of 7,600 tons and a T/1 of 1.5.”
Starship’s second stage has a total of six engines in its current configuration.
Three of them are Raptor variants built to operate in space’s vacuum.
Vacuum engines, on the other hand, have far wider nozzles and a much more complex design.
The spacecraft’s remaining three engines, called Raptor 2, will allow it to launch and land on Mars as well as on Earth.
These are the identical engines that will be installed on the Super Heavy.
This maneuver has already been tested by SpaceX at the. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”