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Starship (Super Heavy Starship, BFR, Big Falcon Rocket)

Starship (B7/S24) [SpaceX]

Starship (B9/S25) [SpaceX]

Starship (formerly known as BFR (Big Falcon Rocket and BFS (Big Falcon Spaceship) is a planned very large completely reusable crewed launch system by SpaceX that is intended by the company to replace all SpaceX's existing launch vehicles and spacecraft by the mid 2020s.

The rockets are completely reusable on both stages. The expected landing reliability is to be on a par with major airliners. The vehicle has a principal diameter of 9 meters and is built from satinless steel. It is powered by SpaceX own Raptor engines running on liquid methane and oxygen. The Super Heavy Starship will be 118 m high and will weigh 4400 t at launch.

The system consists of two parts:

  • The 68 m long booster stage, called Super Heavy, which is powered by 33 Raptor engines . This stage will either return to the launch site or land off-shore on a floating platform by powered reentry and landing. On reentry, the stage is steered by four large actuated grid fins, which are designed to control its descent and be caught by the launch tower's pair of mechanical arms in midair. The stage has a propellant capacity of 3300 tons.
  • The 50 m Starship upper stage is also built from stainless steel with a principal diameter of 9 m. This stage is powered by 3 standard Raptor engines and 3 fixed vaccum-optimzed raptor engines. The Starship has a dry mass of 85 tons and has a propellant capacity of 1200 tons. The ascent payload capacity is 150 t to low earth orbit and it has a return capacity of 50 t. The Starship is to reenter belly-first with two aft fins and two canards provide skydiver-like steering. The maximum heating areas are covered by rugged ceramic-tiles. The Starship comes in different versions as crewed ships, cargo ships or tankers for in-orbit refueling of other Starships. The front part houses either the crew compartments, cargo compartments or tanks. Starships are are capable of automated rendezvous and docking. It is also designed to be able to land both on moon and Mars. The Spaceship contains 1000-1100 m3 of pressurized volume; could be configured with 40 cabins, large common areas, central storage, galley, and a solar storm shelter in Mars transit configuration.

Launch sites are at Boca Chica, Texas, and at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
Starship BN4/SN20 Booster / 29 × Raptor Ship / 3 × Raptor, 3 × Raptor-Vac
Starship BN7/SN24 Booster / 33 × Raptor-2 Ship / 3 × Raptor-2, 3 × Raptor-2Vac
Starship BN9/SN25 Booster / 33 × Raptor-2 Ship / 3 × Raptor-2, 3 × Raptor-2Vac
Starship Cargo Booster / 33 × Raptor-2 Ship / 3 × Raptor-2, 3 × Raptor-2Vac
Starship Crew Booster / 33 × Raptor-2 Ship / 3 × Raptor-2, 3 × Raptor-2Vac
Starship Tanker Booster / 33 × Raptor-2 Ship / 3 × Raptor-2, 3 × Raptor-2Vac
Starship Depot Booster / 33 × Raptor-2 Ship / 3 × Raptor-2, 3 × Raptor-2Vac
Starship HLS Booster / 33 × Raptor-2 Ship / 3 × Raptor-2, 3 × Raptor-2Vac
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
Starship (BFR, Big Falcon Rocket) 150000
Starship (BFR, Big Falcon Rocket) (exp) 250000
No.TypNo Type                 Serial         Date           LS             Payload 

10    1  Starship B7/S24     B7/S24         20.04.2023 * F  BC OLP-1       Starship S24 F1 (IFT)
11    2  Starship B9/S25     B9/S25         18.10.2023 * F  BC OLP-1       Starship S25 F1 (IFT-2)

planned launches

 3    1  Starship B10/S26    B10/S26        xx.xx.2023      BC OLP-1       Starship S26 F1 R&D
 4    2  Starship B11/S27    B11/S27        xx.xx.2023      BC OLP-1       Starship S27 F1 R&D
xx    x  Starship B12/S28    B12/S28        xx.xx.2023      BC OLP-1       Starship S28 F1 R&D
xx    1  Starship-HLS        .              xx.xx.2024      CCK LC-39B/2   Starship-HLS 1
xx    2  Starship-HLS        .              xx.xx.2024      CCK LC-39B/2   Starship-HLS 2 (Artemis 3)
xx    3  Starship-HLS        .              xx.xx.202x      CCK LC-39B/2   Starship-HLS 3 (Artemis 4)
xx    x  Starship-Cargo      .              xx.xx.2027      CCK LC-39B/2   Superbird 9

*       suborbital
F       failure
P       partial failure
p       partial failure (prime payload in usable orbit)
r       recovery failure (prime mission successful)
n       no recovery attempted (only for recoverable missions)

Launch sites:

BC  = Starbase (SpaceX South Texas Launch Site) , Boca Chica, Texas, USA USA
CCK = NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA USA

Source: SpaceX Website

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