SpaceX Starship Mk1 Flying Soon & NASA's Inflatable Gateway for Artemis Moon Program
As always, we want to talk about the progress of the Spacex Starship Mk1 prototype in Boca Chica, but also a bit about the plans for the Boca Chica Space port. Then we also want to talk about the mars landing sites, the plans for a moon space elevator, and the NASA Artemis moon landing.
Before talking about starship, we'd first like to go a bit more into detail regarding the potential landing sites of future Starship missions on Mars. We find that many of the proposed landing sites are in a region known as Erebus Montes, right between Arcadia Planitia, and Amazonis Planitia. Besides the advantages mentioned in our last space video, this region would offer even more advantages, which we would like to discuss in detail.
On the topic of the moon, we got the news that Yuzaku Maezawa sold most of his company to free up time so that he will have more time to train for the 2023 dearmoon mission, a roundtrip around the moon with Starship.
On the topic of Starship, the SpaceX Starship prototypes are both nearing completion, with the Mk1 soon ready to get the nose cone installed. Fortunately, the SpaceX starship mk2 survived Dorian undamaged, because they put the SpaceX starship inside a wind-shelter, among other reasons, as a precautionary measure to protect the prototype from high winds. When finished, the SpaceX starship scale will be incredible, standing 55meters tall.
We also want to briefly talk about the three phases of Boca Chica spaceport, which will see a flight to an altitude of 20km in the near future, maybe with luck as early as October (Elon time). We have no further news of Elon's SpaceX starship presentation 2019, but we are sure that the SpaceX Starship specs will be absolutely incredible, once the prototypes are finished and ready to demonstrate the spacex starship thrust of the extremely powerful raptor engines.
We also want to talk a bit more about the Artemis moon program. NASA is currently investigating the possibility of using Bigelow Aerospace inflatable modules as the key modules for the lunar gateway station. We hope to see this happen, as we think that inflatable habitats make a lot of sense.
Then we also want to see what the current status of NASA's SLS rocket is, and if they will be able to make it in time for the planned Artemis 1 launch in mid 2020. But we still suspect that we will see a SpaceX Starship moon landing before the Artemis 3 moon landing in 2024. This might result in quite an embarrassment for NASA, should they land later on the moon than SpaceX. We included this in a little animated joke, also visualizing the insane SpaceX starship size comparison to the tiny little NASA lunar lander.
And lastly, we also want to talk about a highly interesting concept, recently formulated in a paper, namely the concept of a moon elevator. We think this idea is brilliant, as it would allow to transport crew and cargo to and from the moon very cheaply, and free up all the starships to fully concentrate on Mars.
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