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Elon Musk Starship and Super Heavy

Starship and Super Heavy are the biggest, most important pieces of Elon Musk’sgrand plan for SpaceX, his private spaceflight company.

Musk has repeatedly stressed that he founded SpaceX back in 2002 primarily to help humanity colonize Mars. It’s vital that we become a multiplanet species, the billionaire entrepreneur has said, citing both a  much-reduced probability of extinction and the thrill that meaningful space exploration will deliver to billions of people around the world.

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Contributed by Jan Roston

SpaceX’s billionaire founder and CEO outlined some ambitious goals for the company’s Starship Mars-colonization system during a flurry of Twitter posts on Thursday (Jan. 16).

Starship design goal is 3 flights/day avg rate, so ~1000 flights/year at >100 tons/flight, so every 10 ships yield 1 megaton per year to orbit. 



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