Latest in Gear

Image credit: SpaceX

SpaceX's plan for in-orbit Starship refueling: a second Starship

It seems simple.
742 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Starship in-space refueling. SpaceX

During an update on the SpaceX Starship program, Elon Musk just showed off a brief clip that explained part of the plan for using these vehicles to reach Mars. It involved a Starship in orbit around Earth, meeting a similarly-sized vehicle to refuel before it goes on the long trip to another planet. Musk has long touted his desire to make human life "multiplanetary" and expressed this as the way to achieve his goal.

He explained the Starship only requires its "Super Heavy" booster for launches from Earth, so it seems possible that the second vehicle could launch from the Moon powered only by its own Raptor engines.

SpaceX

In a graphic, the process is explained as "Propellant settled by milli-g acceleration using control thrusters." The way Musk described it, having the ability to refuel a Starship means it can carry a full 1200 ton propellant load when leaving Earth's orbit. He also showed off an updated version of the Starship's design, with its 50m-long body covered in 301 stainless steel, with ceramic tiles in certain high heat areas.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
742 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Samsung Galaxy S11 renders show an even more complicated camera array

Samsung Galaxy S11 renders show an even more complicated camera array

View
Russia bans the sale of devices without Russian software

Russia bans the sale of devices without Russian software

View
The Morning After: Tesla's angular Cybertruck is electric, fast and $40k

The Morning After: Tesla's angular Cybertruck is electric, fast and $40k

View
I rode inside Tesla’s polarizing Cybertruck

I rode inside Tesla’s polarizing Cybertruck

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr