Elon Musk: new video of Super Heavy rocket engines in motion

The end of the year is approaching and that means we will soon have the verdict of the FAA Environmental Impact Assessment and hopefully (for SpaceX) there may be the first orbital test Of Spatialship. The same Elon Musk had previously stated that a launch would have been possible as early as January 2022. In the meantime, work continues in Boca Chica (Texas) and thanks to the billionaire we have a spectacular new video of very heavy.

Recall that the launch system called Spatialship consisting of a spaceship (Vessel) positioned in the upper area and about 50 meters high. In the lower part is a rocket 70 meters high and called very heavy (with the identifier of each unit named Booster). A veritable colossus, higher in height than NASA’s SLS and the Saturn V of the Apollo missions, allowing it to carry a payload of 100 tonnes into low Earth orbit (without additional supplies).

Elon Musk shows video of Starship’s Super Heavy rocket

In the video uploaded in a tweet you can see the base of the Big Rocket Booster 4 where am I Raptor 1 naturally aspirated engines. As we know, currently this transporter can have 29 engines but in the final version they will be 33, according to what has been declared by Elon Musk in the past and reiterated recently. But that’s not all.

The video focuses on the central part where they are 9 engines that can move in all directions to allow trajectory corrections (Thrust Vector Control). This is not new in the absolute sense. Different vectors can perform this operation (for example the central stadium of NASA SLS but also the 3 atmospheric Raptor 1 of Ship of Starship).

If in the videos we have seen gods in the past “leap” of ship the engines to be moved were at most three, with very heavy things get even more spectacular with nine units moving in unison. We then know that SpaceX plans to introduce several improvements in the future.

Elon Musk indeed written that each engine Raptors 1 can produce up to 185 tons of thrust. But that’s just the beginning ’cause they’re new Raptors 2 (whose production and testing at McGregor in Texas have just begun) will be able to exceed 230 tons of thrust. Of course, the unknown remains the production phase and its reliability, as revealed through internal communication in recent weeks. If the problems are resolved, several orbital tests will await us during 2022.

The units of very heavy which will arrive in the future will have 33 Raptor 2 engines with 13 engines that can move (gimbal). The configuration of the ship will also change: it will have 9 engines in total with 3 atmospheric Raptors able to move and 9 vacuum Raptors. Currently, however, he can count on 3 atmospheric Raptors and 3 vacuum Raptors (RVac).

Boosters 4 was positioned on the orbital launch pad near the large 120-meter tower that forms the orbital launch site. According to Elon Musk it will be the couple Boosters 4 And Ship 20 to be employed for first orbital testbut obviously there could be changes depending on the results of future tests.

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