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Can SpaceX Get Starship To Mars By 2024?

Can SpaceX Get Starship To Mars By 2024?

From its likelihood, to whether SpaceX is the right person for the job, and more, join me as we explore whether SpaceX can get his starship to Mars by 2024!

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The mission to Mars is without a doubt the “mission of the decade”. This is what many groups, including NASA and other international agencies are attempting to create. One of those groups though is a privately funded one called SpaceX. And it’s a team that is truly trying to go and get to Mars within the next few years. But to understand if that’s even possible, you really need to know more about SpaceX itself.
“SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.”
While that may sound very basic, it’s actually quite a complex thing. You see, for all the advances that humanity has made in regards to going into space, the fact of the matter is that it costs a LOT to do that. So much so that the United States main space agency, NASA, was hit with major budget cuts because the attempts they were making to revolutionize space travel just wasn’t working.
Enter Elon Musk, one of the richest men in the world, and a man who truly believes in trying to make space travel not just the future, but the present. He founded SpaceX in 2002 to try and make space travel better, cheaper, more accessible, and beyond, and as the Space X website loves to boast, since 2002, they’ve had quite a few successes:
“SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in 2010. The company made history again in 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station.
SpaceX successfully achieved the historic first reflight of an orbital class rocket in 2017, and the company now regularly launches flight-proven rockets. In 2018, SpaceX began launching Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two.”
So as you can see, this is more than just a company, it’s a place with a mission, and that mission is to get humanity into space, onto Mars, and more. And it’s been working REALLY hard to try and get a manned flight into space, and it’s getting closer than you might expect!
Why is that? Because Elon Musk over the last several months and years has been building various spaceships like we noted before, and in recent months, he’s been testing the ones that he believes will send us to the planet Mars, including the line of ships he simply calls the Starship.
The Starship architecture consists of a big spaceship called Starship, which Musk has said will be capable of carrying up to 100 people, and a giant rocket named Super Heavy. Both of these vehicles will be reusable; indeed, rapid and frequent reuse is key to Musk’s overall vision, which involves cutting the cost of spaceflight enough to make Mars colonization and other bold exploration feats economically feasible.
You see, that’s the big problem with going to Mars and trying to set up a home there. It’s easy in concept, we just have to get there, set up a home, make sure it can withstand certain things and self-sustain eventually. But with how things actually work? We’re talking hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of hours trying to figure out all the potential problems that could happen on Mars before we even set foot on it! And of course, since things NEVER go the way we think they will, it’s going to inevitably turn into a thing where we’re trying to make things work on the fly, or have to counter some big issues that no one saw coming.
But if you think that this is stopping Elon Musk from dreaming big and trying to get us to Mars and beyond? You don’t know Elon Musk.
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Musk wrote that the eventual goal is to launch each Starship vehicle three times per day on average. Each Starship will be able to carry about 100 tons of payload to orbit, so, at that flight rate, every vehicle would loft about 100,000 tons annually, he explained.
Now, Musk may sound like he’s just spouting out a number here (and if we’re being honest…he kind of is) but in truth, he is trying to abide by the laws of space and reality. What do we mean by that? Simple, when it comes to the facts of space travel, having the right windows to travel in are essential. Not the least of which is trying to minimize travel time by making sure you are in the correct windows.
Confused? I’ll explain.

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Why SpaceX Is Making Starlink!

Why SpaceX Is Making Starlink!

From what it is, to what SpaceX’s part in it is, to what it could mean for the future of space travel, and more! Join me as we explore why SpaceX is making Starlink!

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SpaceX, created by Elon Musk, is aiming to do a lot of things in the world and beyond right now, including their efforts to put humanity on Mars. But, in the early parts of 2019, they started launching rockets into space for another reason. Mainly, they launched satellites to start up their Starlink program.
What is Starlink? Well, believe it or not, it’s a program that is meant to be used to help bring the internet to people all over the world, including bringing very high-quality internet to people in the most isolated parts of the world. Furthermore, to nations like the US, the intent is to boost the internets’ power so that there will be no latency issues. All you’ll have to do when the internet is “up” is get a special antenna that SpaceX is developing.
Fast forward to March of 2020, and Elon Musk has now gotten 360 of these satellites into space. That number is significant because once it reaches 400 satellites he’ll be able to do a test with some minor coverage over North America. Once he gets to 800 satellites he’ll be able to push that to moderate coverage over the continent. Plus, with each successful launch he’s continuing to test his Falcon rockets and their payload capabilities which will help him during the Mars missions in the future.
If you’re curious as to how many satellites he has planned for the Starlink project to get true worldwide coverage, that would be 12,000. Which of course he plans to distribute over the next decade or so. It’ll take a while, but should it work, it could be a huge deal.
Now, you might be thinking, “Wouldn’t this kind of satellite launching, and network connectivity, and computing power cost all sorts of money?” Yes, yes it would. It’s going to cost Musk and SpaceX billions of dollars to get this to work, and obviously, there is no guarantee that it’ll work the way that Musk hopes. So to that end, why is Musk going through all the trouble of trying to get Starlink up and running?
Let’s start back at the beginning for this, ok? This all started in 2015, when Musk took the stage and announced that they were working on a satellite communications network. Why? Because he believed that there was “a significant unmet demand for low-cost global broadband capabilities.”
To further help with this goal, Musk and his team opened up a new base of operations in Redmond, Washington in order to help them get the satellites built. Which you would think would be a sign that they had a good plan and that they were going to implement it as soon as possible, right? Well…yes and no.
The original plan for Starlink was that they were going to build two prototype satellites, launch them into space, and then test how the reception and broadband signal was. There was just one big problem. While building the satellites were easy enough, making a receiver that people could use to both connect with the satellites, and having it be a “low cost” one…wasn’t so easy. Because of this, instead of launching the satellites in 2016 as intended, they didn’t launch until 2018.
Specifically, February 2018 when the two satellites, called Tintin A & B were indeed launched into space, and they were successfully communicating with the Earth stations down below. This test allowed SpaceX to both ensure that their plan would work, while also refining certain elements to help make sure that everything would be ok for those who aren’t tech savvy. After all, if you make something complicated to use, no one will want to use it, am I right?
Anyway, with THIS success, you’d expect a big celebratory thing to happen, right? Except, it didn’t, not then at least. SpaceX was unusually quiet about everything going on with Starlink until November 2018 when the FCC approved their launching of the full 12,000 satellite grid. A huge win for SpaceX and Elon Musk, because without that approval, they wouldn’t have gotten their worldwide grid goal.
Once that approval was made, the preparations for the launch of the satellites began. Then, in May 2019, the first 60 satellites were launched, and they were done in such a way that you could actually see them in space going into their various positions if you were in the right spot to look.
These satellites are doing more than you think though. They’re not just there to be in the sky to help out with internet connection, or no, they do more than that. They also have ion thrusters that’ll allow them to navigate the rather heavy-laden atmosphere of our planet (which is loaded with space junk) as well as take themselves out of orbit when the time comes for their replacements to arrive.

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