Elon Musk showed a huge prototype of a super-heavy booster for Super Heavy rockets: so far only the first stage is ready.
SpaceX has assembled the first stage of a super-heavy launch vehicle for Starship, dubbed Super Heavy.
According to Elon Musk, the work is not finished yet, it will be necessary to solder together the tank with liquid oxygen and methane, but these are not the main tasks. Therefore, the design can already be announced as a full-fledged prototype.
First Super Heavy Booster pic.twitter.com/0K5QPsEbbt
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 18, 2021
The development consists of 36 rings, which are also used to assemble the Starship. The first Super Heavy BN1 prototype will have a height of about 67m from the top to the end of the nozzles of the Raptor engines, which will soon be installed.
According to the company, the rocket will be at least 120 meters high (Starship and Super Heavy spacecraft together). This will make the car the tallest launch vehicle ever.
SpaceX hopes to be able to launch Starship orbital launches as early as July 2021.