No, billionaires won't "escape" to space while the world burns

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When will Super Heavy launch?

In February 2018, the КРК СТК (space rocket complex of the super-heavy class) design was updated to lift at least 90 tonnes to LEO and 20 tonnes to lunar polar orbit, and to be launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome. The first flight is scheduled for 2028, with Moon landings starting in 2030. wikipedia.orgSuper heavy-lift launch vehicle

SpaceX Is Launching a Rocket the Size of the Statue of Liberty

Observer 07 July, 2021 - 05:52pm

SpaceX’s Super Heavy booster standing at the Boca Chica, Texas test site. SpaceX/Twitter

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Elon Musk says his Starship can 'chomp up' space junk | TheHill

The Hill 07 July, 2021 - 05:52pm

The space around Earth is becoming increasingly crowded with satellites, used rocket parts and other materials left behind by humans. More than 27,000 pieces of space junk are currently being tracked by the Department of Defense’s global Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensors to avoid collisions, according to NASA. 

Yes, we can fly Starship around space & chomp up debris with the moving fairing door

According to SpaceX, the Starship’s fairing door opens when it reaches a certain orbit to deploy a payload and closes before returning to Earth. 

SpaceX Starship Can Chomp up Space Debris with Its Door

Interesting Engineering 07 July, 2021 - 05:52pm

Starship will have plenty to eat on its way to Mars.

It sounds like a solution you would hear in sci-fi movies, but collecting junk while traversing through space could actually reduce the risk of collisions, and SpaceX's upcoming Starship craft could be able to do just that, according to a recent tweet by CEO Elon Musk.

On Saturday, Musk responded to a Twitter user who inquired whether SpaceX had any ideas for removing space junk, saying, "We can fly Starship around space & chomp up debris with the moving fairing door."

Yes, we can fly Starship around space & chomp up debris with the moving fairing door

According to SpaceX's users' guide for Starship's rocket system, the fairing door can open when the aircraft reaches a certain orbit, deploy spacecraft, then close before returning to Earth.

This is not the first time Starship's collecting junk abilities has been mentioned. Back in October, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president, stated that Starship could assist in collecting debris from Earth's orbit and storing it in its cargo bay until it returns to Earth. "It's not going to be easy, but I do believe Starship offers the possibility of going and doing that," Shotwell said in an interview with Time Magazine.

Starship, a two-part mega-rocket system, is central to many of SpaceX’s ambitions, and is currently under development, with the latest prototype of its 16-story spaceship, SN15, successfully launched and landed in May. SpaceX hopes to eventually use it to transports humans to the Moon and beyond, and is now working on the 23-story booster that will launch the rocket system into orbit.

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