Elon Musk hints at ‘radical change’ at Big Falcon Rocket

Nov

19

2018

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has announced on Twitter that there is a ‘radical change’ in the Big Falcon Rocket. This giant rocket is currently under development and must be reused in its entirety.

Musk reports on Twitter only that there is a new design about which he is very enthusiastic. He describes it as ‘wonderfully counter-intuitive’. In response to a question from a user that the design of the Big Falcon Rocket has changed again or that he only spoke about the latest design, Musk says that there is a ‘ radical change ‘. The SpaceX CEO did not give details about exactly what this change means.

It would not be the first time that the design is adjusted. In September, for example, it became clear that SpaceX would use the BFR for the tourist flight planned for 2023 around the moon and that, among other things, the engine configuration of the second stage of the rocket had been changed. It now consists of seven identical Raptor motors instead of the earlier configuration with two different engines. Furthermore, the spacecraft was extended and, for example, canards were added, small wings at the front of the spacecraft.

Elon Musk also reports that SpaceX no longer plans to make the second rocket stage of the Falcon 9 suitable for reuse. The company allows the first rocket stages of the Falcon 9 missiles to always land vertically and return to the earth intact, so that they can be reused for new launches. Soon the first Falcon 9 launch will follow with a first rocket staircase that has been used twice before.

Instead of completely reusing the Falcon 9, SpaceX accelerates the plans for the Big Falcon Rocket, says Musk. The first orbital flight of this 118-meter-high rocket could take place in 2020. According to the official planning, it is the intention that in 2022 two BFR vessels will go to Mars and in 2024 astronauts will also fly to the red planet. However, it seems that that schedule is being postponed by two years . The aforementioned radical change to the design may also influence the scheme.

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