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SpaceX’s next-generation launch vehicle will revolutionize space exploration. Engineers are working to develop a fully-reusable Starship capable of propelling around 150 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). This would make the Starship rocket a bit more powerful than NASA's retired Saturn V rocket that launched astronauts to the Moon during the Apollo missions, which was capable of lifting approximately 130 tons to orbit. "Over time, we might get orbital payload up to ~150 tons with full reusabi[li]ty. If Starship then launched as an expendable, payload would be ~250 tons. What isn’t obvious from this chart is that Starship/Super Heavy is much denser than Saturn V," SpaceX founder Chief Engineer Elon Musk said via Twitter in response to a graphic that compares multiple launch vehicles, shown below.
Over time, we might get orbital payload up to ~150 tons with full reusabity. If Starship then launched as an expendable, payload would be ~250 tons. What isn’t obvious from this chart is that Starship/Super Heavy is much denser than Saturn V.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2021
Actually, 41 tons for SpaceX in Q3 & aiming for 80 tons in Q4. That said, China launch mass to orbit is extremely impressive.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 8, 2021
Beautiful day at Starbase today. If all goes as SpaceX plans, we will soon watch the first Super Heavy rocket propel Starship to orbit! 🍀— Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo (@JaneidyEve) October 26, 2021
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Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo
Evelyn J. Arevalo joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover news as a Space Journalist and SpaceX Starbase Texas Correspondent. Evelyn is specialized in rocketry and space exploration. The main topics she covers are SpaceX and NASA.