Elon Musk tweeted recently with great progress underway at Starbase. Starship is considered the most powerful rocket ever built so far, but have you ever thought about after Starship will SpaceX produce any more powerful rockets? In fact, Musk has long been hinting at a new rocket Starship 2.0 as Starship successor.
Elon Musk says that SpaceX is a massive Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle set to be the most powerful rocket ever built upon completion could eventually be followed by a rocket multiple times, a larger Starship, which is being built at a Texas site. The entire vehicle will be capable of lifting a hundred metric tons of cargo and people in space on regular low-cost missions. The volume of usable space within Starship is a whopping 1000 cubic meters. Big enough to fit the entire Eiffel tower disassembled. Despite its size orbital-class rocketry in the earth, gravity will almost never fail to benefit from more thrust, more propellant, more rocket in light of this.
CEO Elon Musk says that a theoretical next-generation SpaceX rocket to potentially follow some years after Starship and Super Heavy could be a full 18 meters wide twice. The diameter of its current iteration, many will recollect that doubling the diameter of a circle, quadruples its area, adding in a doubling of height, and a theoretical Starship 2.0 would have eight times the surface area and eight times the propellant tank volume requiring roughly eight times as much thrust and making the vehicle eight times as heavy as Starship 1.0, assuming that Starship successor retains its fineness ratio of heightened with an unlikely end result, but still interesting to ponder. Nonetheless, the vehicle would measure 18 meters in diameter and a terrifyingly tall, approximately 236 meters. Literally more than twice as tall as Saturn five. That is as tall as the Woolworth building in New York or three-quarters of the height of the Eiffel tower in Paris.
Starship 2.0 gross or fueled mass at a gobsmacking approximate 40,000 metric tons. The upgrade for the Starship 2.0 might be able to launch over a thousand tons per launch. These smallest project or Ryan design was about 17 meters in diameter and weighed 300 tons. This was called satellite or Ryan. This means a Starship version two would have the payload, diameter, and cargo capacity to launch a complete satellite or Ryan. The parts for 4,000 ton interplanetary or Ryan could be placed into orbit with about four launches. The massive payload of a future generation to SpaceX Starship could also launch factories and advanced production systems to the moon. Creating the production systems for nuclear pulse propulsion on the moon would remove concerns about nuclear radiation from a ground-launched project or Ryan creating nuclear Paul’s production and capability would enable manned interplanetary, gravitational lens range, and interstellar missions.
But most importantly, Musk will be able to attain his Mars targets faster with a large and more powerful Starship. The capacity to lift more goods per trip will make delivering the supplies needed by the colonizers faster by reducing the number of trips required, the number of passengers, every batch on Starship 2.0 will also grow the current Starship. Passenger capacity is estimated to be a hundred. However, 2.0 could have a passenger capacity of up to a thousand. Reducing the duration of the waiting list for interested Voyagers. The time it takes to travel will be decreased as well. Allowing Musk’s passengers to reach Mars sooner than expected. This will undoubtedly make the journey less tedious, but what will power Starship?
2.0 SpaceX to Starship now is relying on its Raptor engines SpaceX. Using 29 Raptor engines to power the super-heavy first stage and six on the Starship upper stage for initial test flights in the unlikely event that if SpaceX would use the current generation of Raptors to power such a colossal rocket, the booster would need a bare minimum of a hundred or more Raptors just to lift off at all this not only places, a huge burden on the production of the Raptor, but the cost is also a concern. This is because the engine is still not reusable. So for each flight that either end in the ocean with a fiery landing or with a vehicle that can’t be reused, the company will lose over a hundred Raptor engines, but SpaceX won’t let this happen.
SpaceX is continuing to tweak the engine to get the best performance out of it. And honestly, no one ever said that SpaceX can’t come up with an entirely new rocket engine designed for Starship 2.0, just like it did for the current Starship. The introduction of the Raptor version two is showing SpaceX’s efforts in developing a reusable engine on its very first static fire. It appears that SpaceX’s first finished Raptor to prototype has narrowly stolen, crown briefly generating main combustion chamber pressures of 321 bar. And as much as 245 tons of thrust, regardless of Raptor to apparently exploded before the completion of its first test. Musk said that Raptor two or V 2.0 is a major improvement in simplification over Raptor one. But he also pointed out via Twitter that Raptor two has significant improvements in every way, but a complete design overhaul is necessary for the engine that can actually make life multi-planetary it won’t be called Raptor. In other words, SpaceX will launch an engine that is superior to anything before in the future.
This engine will be a big step for SpaceX to come close to its ultimate goal, making humans into multi-planetary species. This is all speculation at this point, but for sure, without a doubt, it is an exciting prospect.