SPACEX ROCKET SYSTEM IS COMPLETELY REVOLUTIONARY The massive Starship rocket will launch from SpaceX’s Starbase facilities
A SpaceX rocket system described by a former astronaut as potentially being “completely revolutionary” is scheduled for its first complete test flight on the morning of April 17th.
The massive Starship rocket will launch from SpaceX’s Starbase facilities in Boca Chica, Texas. Former NASA astronaut and a Senior SpaceX advisor, Garrett Reisman told Reuters that the rocket is a “game changer” for a number of reasons.
The test mission will mark the first launch of SpaceX’s fully-stacked, 120-metre tall Starship rocket system, consisting of a Starship rocket sitting atop a “Super Heavy” first-stage booster with 33 rocket engines. Unusually, Starship is constructed of stainless steel and uses methane gas as propellant, whereas most rockets use hydrogen.
Its sheer size and the potential for the craft to be fully reusable are what make it such a major step forwards, said Reisman, who is a professor of astronautical engineering at the University of Southern California