SpaceX Florida Starship Moving to KSC & Hubble's 6 Times More Powerful Successor
So now that Starhopper has fulfilled its mission, we focus on the Spacex Florida Starship, which will soon be transported to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) according to newly filed permits by SpaceX. Then of course we also want to talk about the next generation starship 2.0, and also about the completion of the James Webb space telescope (JWST).
We first would like to recapitulate the successful 150m SpaceX untethered hop test of SpaceX's Starhopper vehicle last week. Now that it has fulfilled its mission, the focus will be entirely shifted to the SpaceX starship mk1 and mk2 prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas, and Cocoa Florida. In Cocoa, we can even already see parts for the Starship and Super Heavy Booster lying around. Newly filed permits reveal that already in September, SpaceX will transport the starship orbital prototype from Cocoa to the KSC, where it will do its fits suborbital test flight in October, Elon time. So we adjust it to a more likely November launch date. When the starship prototype lifts off, it will reach an altitude of 20km, certainly a magnificent sight compared to the Starhopper's 150m.
The Elon Musk starship presentation is now scheduled for the 28th of September, so not long before the test flights will begin.
Then we of course want to talk in detail about Elon's mentioning of Starship 2.0, the next gen starship successor with a diameter of 18m. The height is not yet specified, but if it would also be twice as tall as the current Starship, it would offer 8x the volume of the current gen starship, so around 8000 cubic meters! That is almost 9x the interior volume of the entire ISS, and 4x the interior volume of the huge planned Bigelow BA2100 inflatable habitat module. It could offer space for about 120 raptor engines, creating ginormous thrust, multiplying the launch capacity of the current gen starship. But of course we want to still remain focused on the current gen Starship 1.0, because it is already insane enough and so far ahead of the competition, as we show in a SpaceX starship comparison. SpaceX Starship vs SLS? Superior in every way. Versus the upcoming Vulcan from ULA? Lol, don't make us laugh. Versus the upcoming New Glenn from Blue Origin? Though better than Vulcan, it is still far weaker than Starship and Super Heavy!
And then we of course want to talk about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the giant successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, which will have a mirror and sensitivity high enough to detect biomarker gases in exoplanet atmospheres, lightyears away from earth. It will use spectroscopy in order to measure the light that passes from the parent star, through the atmosphere of the exoplanet, when the exoplanet passes in front of the star (light transit method). It might even enable the detection of so-called techno signatures, meaning gases that can only be of technological origin, emitted by potential alien civilizations.
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