IT HAPPENED! Elon Musk FINALLY Reveals New Cargo Starship 2022!
SpaceX's Starship is destined to go into deep space. It will transport humans to Mars,
making it the farthest traveled crewed spacecraft ever! However, apart from transporting
people, the Starship will have another huge function: transporting cargo! As Elon Musk
has revealed, transporting cargo with the powerful Starship requires a different
configuration! How much can the Starship carry, and how will SpaceX deploy it for
cargo transport? Join us as we explore the new Starship Cargo transport as revealed by
Humans have been carrying cargo since the beginning of humanity! Global commerce
requires that large volumes of freight move from one part of the world to another! In fact,
each year, about 11 billion tons of cargo is moved by ship, meaning 1.5 tonnes for each
person alive today! That is just by ship because billions of tonnes more are moved by
air, rail, and road!
The need to move cargo, however, is not limited to the earth! When cargos are moved
to space, they are usually called payloads, and they vary in nature. Some companies
launch satellites, including SpaceX, which is launching Starlink satellites to orbit to
provide internet services to people everywhere on earth! It has about 2,000 Starlink
satellites up there already and won't stop until there are more than 12,000 orbiting the
earth! SpaceX even delivers cargo to the International Space Station for NASA!
Musk has set his eyes on the cargo transport sector and plans to revolutionize it! He will
do so both in space and on the earth! How will he do this? Musk has a not-so-secret
weapon: the Starship! It is not secret because you can follow along with how the
Starlink is taking shape right on YouTube through 24 hour cameras! However, while
your mind will be blown by the massive work the SpaceX crew is doing, you will be
more amazed by the plans that Musk has for the Starship in the cargo transport
industry, as you shall see in this video! But first, what makes the Starship a good vehicle
for transporting large cargo? At least four things!
First is that the Starship is very powerful. In fact, it is the most powerful rocket ever to be
built! The rocket produces 72 MN of trust, thanks to its collection of Raptor engines!
With this much power, the Starship can lift more than 100 tons of cargo to space,
handily beating every other rocket, including the Falcon series! This extraordinary
capacity makes the Starship the darling of the cargo hauling industry as it will allow you
to carry as much as you want!
Secondly, the Starship has a large volume, allowing it to fit in cargos of different sizes!
The payload volume is a massive 1,100 meter cubed and can fit a load up to 18 meters
in height and 9 meters in width, much more than what other rockets offer currently!
The third is speed! The Starship moves at a blistering speed of 16,777 miles per hour!
This will allow it to cover long distances in a short time! To put this speed in proper
context, the typical commercial passenger jet flies at a speed of about 400 to 500 knots,
which is about 460 to 575 miles per hour! There really is no contest here, as the
Starship will leave all cargo aircraft in the dust!
There is one other important reason that makes the Starship perfect for transporting
cargo, and it is the cost! Rockets have traditionally been one expensive method to
transport cargo, and that is because of how they operate! They are basically one-use
items, meaning you discard the rocket after each launch! Imagine being able to use
your car once! That means you need to purchase a new vehicle each time you need to
go out! Anyway, with rockets being so expensive to build, transporting cargo with them
has remained very expensive!
Musk, however, is working his way around that limitation! The Starship is fully reusable,
meaning you can operate it like airlines do with their planes! SpaceX had been working
towards this full reusability with the Falcon rockets, which are partially reusable. The
company salvages their booster, refurbishes them, and fires them up again! In the case
of the Starship, the two stages can be reflown many times! In fact, Musk expects the
booster to be ready for another flight in under an hour!
With this reusability, the cost of launches crashes to about 2 million dollars, a lot less
than the competition is doing! Yet, this is just the starting point because Musk plans to
drive the cost down further!
So, how will Musk use the Starship for transporting cargo? There are two areas of
application that Musk is considering! The first is space cargo movement!
Musk himself plans to use the Starship extensively for his Mar colonization effort. The