Moon: Astronauts will have to wait six months in orbit for Starship

The publication Futurism writes that astronauts will have to wait six months in orbit before the Spaceship is fully refueled in order to be ready to fly to the moon.


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is set to take people to the moon using the Starship spacecraft with refueling in space. At the same time, Musk himself does not yet know exactly how many launches will have to be carried out in order to deliver the required amount of fuel to Starship.


Blue Origin recently said it could take SpaceX up to 16 launches to get to the moon. To which Musk replied: “16 flights are extremely unlikely. The Starship's payload is [about] 150 tons, which is a maximum of 8 to fill the lunar Starship's 1200-ton tanks. "

However, even if it were 16 docked flights, this is not a problem. SpaceX has completed more than 16 orbital flights in the first half of 2021 and docked with the ISS more than 20 times. It's much more difficult than docking with our own ship. - Elon Musk

At the same time, the launch of the Starship and the giant Super Heavy rocket is a much larger event than the regular Falcon 9 launches. The first stage of the Falcon 9 includes nine Merlin engines. The Super Heavy rocket, which will be used as the first stage for SpaceX, will use 29 much more powerful Raptor engines.

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