We already know for some time that Starship vehicles will take off and land on special floating platforms that move in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Now we hear new and interesting news.
We have already had the opportunity to see the unusual landing method of the Starship prototype, and soon we will witness something completely new that the world of the space industry has not yet seen. Starship ships will take off and land on special platforms that move in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
#SpaceX Boca Chica Starbase daily render!🚀
Now it gets interesting. It no longer looks like it belongs to the catch arm carriage as I had suspected.— Owe (@Bl3D_Eccentric) September 11, 2021
And what is it now?🤔
Part of the catch mechanism or part of the booster holder?
What do you think!@elonmusk @SpaceX pic.twitter.com/r69fOCnbuh
Vehicles will not slow down with engines until the very end. Just above the ground, or rather the launch pad, the Booster will be caught in flight by special arms mounted on the turret, which will also serve to stabilize the Starship during its launch.
We are talking about a very high construction. Ship will be 50 meters high, and Booster 70 meters, i.e. the entire Starship will be 120 meters high. As the SpaceX engineers want to reduce vehicle weight, the Booster will not have landing legs like the Falcon-9 rockets. The rocket will be caught in flight by graters, i.e. elements used for stabilization. The tentacles / arms will do this job.
Awesome work Owe! As mentioned, this entire “claw” section is upside down. Also, since the end of the QD “upper” arm has larger hinge points on the _inside_ (yellow) and hydraulic mount (green) I think that there will be one more arm segment between these two. 📸:@obetraveller pic.twitter.com/7Pn07RxbnP— LunarCaveman (@LunarCaveman) September 9, 2021
It may seem like a strange idea, but according to experts’ calculations, it is not only doable, but also safe and, most importantly, will reduce the cost of the mission. This will mean that the Booster will be almost immediately ready for the next space mission, as its landing will take place exactly at the launch site.
The towers will act not only as vertical rocket catchers, but also as cranes, with the help of which it will be possible to install Ship on top of the Booster. The first flight of the set is to take place by the end of the year. Next year, the launches will take place from the currently prepared sea platforms.
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