It seems that SpaceX’s Mars rocket will be recycled a thousand times. Elon Musk has confirmed this to be a fact.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has revealed the design for a giant rocket booster that will be used to colonize Mars. It is a part and parcel of what can only be termed the Mars Vehicle.
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This consists of the booster and the spaceship in combination. Musk announced this in very clear words at Guadalajara in Mexico at the 67th IAC. Before the speech which Musk gave, a teaser video clip was played which gave some clues regarding the booster rocket.
The powerful rocket can launch a big spaceship weighing 100 metric tons. It will carry passengers and cargo from our home planet to the Red Planet. This act will require at least 28,730,000 pounds of thrust.
This will result in a speed of 5375 mph. It will furthermore employ 42 of SpaceX’s novel Raptor engines. Musk spoke of how the 77.5 meters tall rocket will be composed of a latest state-of-the-art carbon fiber. The engines will be fueled by methane. SpaceX normally employs kerosene in its Falcon 9 rockets.
This rocket will be self-pressurized thus doing away with some of the previously used implements which will now be defunct. SpaceX wants to reuse this rocket again and again. Musk continued to expatiate on the matter.
He said that the rocket will reach its goal 20 minutes after takeoff. Also each one of the rockets will be used at least a thousand times, according to The Verge.
After it delivers the cargo and people to a spot in the orbital axis of the earth, it will return to the earth and land at Cape Canaveral. Then it will be fed some fuel for the rest of the journey to Mars.
By reusing this rocket, Musk ensured that the journey to Mars may reach the same price of a single house one fine day in the future. Cargo costs may go down to $140,000 per ton.
This was an age-old dream of Elon Musk. Today it is fast becoming a reality. Before the conference in which Musk announced the novel rocket, it was called the BFR or Big F****** Rocket. The sheer size shows that it got its nickname for an obvious reason.