Elon Musk’s stainless steel “Starship” from SpaceX — orbit test in six months, then on to Mars?

The shining stainless steel “starship” may launch as early as March next year according to an ambitious announcement from Elon Musk of SpaceX. Not only tested to orbit but, he said, “I think we could potentially see people fly next year if we get to orbit in about six months.” [Full one-and-a-half hour video speech from Elon Musk below.]

 

Engineered Design Insider Space XElon Musk at the Starship SpaceX launch eventOil Gas Automotive Aerospace Industry Magazine
Elon Musk introducing SpaceX’s amazing “Starship”.

 

Standing in front of the spectacular stainless steel “iteration,” Musk explained the ambitious timeline, technology achievements and hurdles in a project he called “the most inspiring thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

 

Engineered Design Insider Starship takes off from a fture moon baseOil Gas Automotive Aerospace Industry Magazine
A conceptual drawing of SpaceX’s Starship taking off from a “future” moon base.

 

Starship will be a game-changer if SpaceX achieves its goal to “make space travel like air travel.” To do that requires a fully reusable and landable craft that can be quickly “refuelled.” The Starship has “landing legs” to allow vertical landings, much like the current landable boosters from SpaceX’s SuperHeavy rocket. Unlike the SuperHeavy, the plan seems to be to re-land the entire Starship superstructure.

Watch the full announcement video:

Fully re-usable — potential for 100 passengers

The project is described by SpaceX: “SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle is a fully, rapidly reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and anywhere else in the solar system.”

 

Engineered Design Insider Starship overview at the Starship SpaceX launch eventOil Gas Automotive Aerospace Industry Magazine

 

Fully re-useable, Musk explained in the announcement video, is the key to economic viability, together with other innovations such as stainless steel — which resists heat and reduces the amount of heat shielding required, lowering weight.

 

Engineered Design Insider Starship Rockets in the at the Starship SpaceX launch eventOil Gas Automotive Aerospace Industry Magazine
The rockets hiding under the “faring skirt” of the re-usable, landable Starship.

 

Potentially, Starship could carry up to 100 passengers or a payload of 150 tons to orbit — and, ultimately, beyond. The innovative entrepreneur highlighted plans for Mars cities and moon bases. The massive iteration, shiny stainless steel, definitely carried the “wow” factor, even by Elon Musk’s high standard.

 

Engineered Design Insider Starship raptor enginesOil Gas Automotive Aerospace Industry Magazine

 

Aside from the initial prototype, already being tested in Texas, another is being built in Florida. A third ship will begin assembly in Texas. With typical Musk enthusiasm, he said, “We’re building Starships as fast as we can, “and added, “it’s going to be really nutty to see a bunch of these things.”

Did you miss this?

Other Popular Stories

  • Shortage of skilled labour facing Ontario construction industry: report
  • Netherlands company to test plastic road construction
  • Enbridge pipeline reversal approved by National Energy Board
  • NA clean energy goal of 50 per cent can't be met without nuclear, industry says
  • Who says bigger isn't better: General Electrics massive carbon-fibre 3D printed engine more fuel efficient
  • Bombardier to build more commuter trains for London transit
  • Economy showed mix of strength (exports), weakness (investment) in Q3
  • Infrastructure Ontario seeks proposals for Highway 427 expansion
  • Elon Musk's Hyperloop vision racing ahead of naysayers and regulators — Boring Company receives permission to tunnel 10 miles; early tests of tube successful
  • CAE to acquire Lockheed Martin flight training division
  • Chrysler expanding Windsor assembly plant for "future vehicle"
  • Manufacturing sector continued to gain in November
  • GTA food and beverage manufacturers launch Cluster to spur growth
  • SAFFir is an autonomous robot firefighter being tested by the Navy for dangerous situations. Unlike other firefighting robots, SAFFir is both autonomous, and stands on two legs, with two hands to grasp fire hoses.
    Robots save lives: robot fire-fighters take on explosive situations. SAFFiR shows how they can be ultimately be autonomous.
  • One sweet ride: a biodegradable auto made of sugar beets and flax — but what about mice?
  • Canada exports more than logs and oil
  • GE increasing its investment in fracking technology
  • Pipelines, railways equally safe for transporting crude oil: report
  • $1 billion injection from Quebec government will keep Bombardier aloft
  • Swiss tech does the impossible, creates white solar panels
Scroll to Top