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Giant rocket SpaceX can play a key role in establishing a permanent base on the moon.

Starship, a giant rocket SpaceX, designed to send the first humans to Mars, can play a key role in establishing a permanent base on the moon, writes “New time”.

But to complete this project, perhaps the machine will have to undergo some alterations, said Elon Musk.

On his Twitter page, Elon Musk has noted some features of the Starship that will be needed in-flight to the moon.

“We are working on new legs. Wider front and automatic alignment. This is important in order to lean in to the wind or to land on rocky and pit the surface.”

Musk also acknowledged that some of the features they have to give. So, no on the moon the wind will save weight and not to install additional thrusters that kept the ship upright when landing in a storm.

In addition, lunar Starship no flaps and heat shield. They’re certainly not useful when planting in a vacuum, but without them the ship will not be able to return and land on the Ground, as it will burn up in the atmosphere, and this means that all flights of the lunar versions will be one-way.

“No need to get our ships back. They may be part of the first base of the moon,” wrote Musk.

The ships of the Starship, which is currently being developed in Texas, is designed to send up to 150 tons of cargo or up to 100 people in space. This unit is fully recyclable and uses liquid oxygen and methane as fuel. This means that people can fly to Mars, refuel, using the resources of the planet, and fly home using the same ship.

Musk has previously hinted that he intends to send ships to Mars by 2022 with the purpose of the city until 2050. But SpaceX also has plans to reach the moon. Paul Wooster, SpaceX’s chief engineer, said in October 2019, a company might build a base on the moon simultaneously with the creation of a base on Mars.

SpaceX builds several missiles Starship, as the company’s founder Elon Musk has set an ambitious goal to begin a regular run Starship and prove that it can be easily reused.

After the completion of construction, the Starship will be a huge rocket as SpaceX has designed this ship to carry up to 100 people. But, more importantly, the company applies the lessons learned from the landings of their other rockets to make a Starship is fully recyclable.

Additionally, in November 2019, on the ground in Boca Chica in South Texas during the pre-testing of the ship Starship Mk1 tore off the upper part.

During the accident the machine had a standard test to check whether it can withstand extremely cold temperatures, such as those which he will encounter in actual use.

The upper part of the ship separated and made uncontrollable flight, rising to a height of about 150 meters. Affected by the accident there.

“The purpose of today’s test was the maximum pressure in the system, so the result was not completely unexpected. There were no casualties and it was not a serious blow for us,” said SpaceX after the test.


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