Elon Musk and SpaceX: how we will get to Mars
As always Twitter as the preferred channel for good news Elon Musk. This time the American philanthropist begins with an announcement, or rather a tweet, a few days before Christmas: SpaceX is pleased to share a new image of the prototype in development.
Few certainties about the name
At first “Mars Colonial Transporter” then “Interplanetari Transport System” and finally “Big Falcon Rocket”; these are the names assigned to the future “space ferry”Which will take passengers to the red planet. If the name may be one of the last choices, this is not the case with the material. The huge developing rocket is now making its way onto the web thanks to recent images shared by Musk.
Surprisingly, this spaceship will be built in stainless steel, a material that can perfectly manage heat when worked in a mirror. The thermal energy by radiation is in fact reflected much better than other carbon-based alloys used for space vectors.
Stainless Steel Starship pic.twitter.com/rRoiEKKrYc
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 24, 2018
What about the disadvantages?
It all sounds very nice but, as the English would say, “on the other hand” steel is much heavier than carbon fiber; an extremely important feature during space travel. SpaceX gets around this by treating stainless steel a extremely low temperatures, thus approaching the carbon fiber.
Even more exciting is Elon Musk’s assertion regarding the few months left for the spacecraft to be ready. On December 22nd he tweeted that he would make a complete technical presentation of the spacecraft immediately after the prototype tests next spring. If all goes according to plan, Musk’s vision of a ‘interplanetary humanity it is getting closer and closer.