Elon Musk’s SpaceX Space is expanding its facilities in Florida to make room for the company’s upcoming super heavy-lift launch vehicle dubbed Starship, according to a draft plan seen by Reuters on Friday.
Stadships, 384 feet (117 meters) reusable two-step rocket compared to the Statue of Liberty, is a central piece of Musk’s Interplanetary Space Travel ambitions, as well as the goal of the American space agency NASA, until 2024 People should be sent to the moon. .
SpaceX’s current flagship launchpad 39A is expected to launch the starship rocket 24 times a year, the company’s evaluation draft said. SpaceX did not tell in the report when it would reach that rhythm, but Musk said that in September 2018, he wanted to conduct orbital flights with a starship in two to three years.
The launchpad 39A of SpaceX will support NASA’s future moon missions from the same Kennedy Space Center site, which was used for Apollo lunar missions half a century ago.
“They are moving very fast,” said Delchechm, vice president of state relations in the state’s commercial space development agency Space Florida. “It’s really getting closer to what Elon got to start in this business. It’s the infrastructure for Mars, its early stages.”
SpaceX has faced many programs delays and accidents in years on various space efforts. In April, one of the company’s crew drug capsules exploded at a test stand, raising new scheduling suspicions over a major NASA astronaut taxi program.
In March, dozens of US space companies are taking note of NASA’s goal of sending humans back to the lunar surface by 2024 in an accelerated timeline set by Vice President Mike Pence.
Separately, Boeing is developing NASA’s massive space launch system to anchor the agency’s Moon-to-Mars Artemis program, though it is way behind the times.
In his draft Environmental Assessment, SpaceX said that Starship will presently return land on the landing pad of the Air Force used for Falcon 9 Booster of the company.
The company is also considering plans to set up another landing site on the 39A pad. The draft stated that the first booster phase would land on SpaceX’s unmanned barge about 300 miles (482.8 km) off the Florida coast.
This week, NASA said that he was planning to work with SpaceX to find out how to launch rockets on the moon surface and to develop refueling stations for deep space exploration.
Musk tweeted on Thursday, “Orbital refilling in space is important for the future of humanity.” “At least for the first time, more potential spacecraft for space shuttle (air refueling in aircraft) than a dedicated depot.