The head of the aerospace company SpaceX, Elon Musk told about the upcoming modernization of the Super Heavy Rocket rocket, intended for the launch of the interplanetary mission of the Starship spacecraft. According to the inventor, the ambitious "mega-accelerator" in fact will be even more powerful than previously thought.
According to the initial calculations, the Super Heavy complex should have received 31 Raptor engines. In the near future, according to Musk, their number will increase to 35. Another 6 accelerators will be installed on Starship itself. SpaceX hopes that the Heavy Rocket and Starship bundle will allow you to perform virtually any tasks in space - from delivering people to Mars to launching satellites, astronauts and systems for collecting space debris.
The company was ready to move to a new stage of testing, but its plans were hampered by an incident that occurred last week - during a trial launch, the Starhopper rocket turned into a fireball for a few seconds. Although the design did not seriously hurt, further tests were postponed. Start of commercial flights Starship is scheduled for 2021, and SpaceX expects to send the first space tourist around the Moon as early as 2023.