After its successful and quite historic Falcon 9 launch last Sunday off Cape Canaveral in Florida, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and its group of dedicated personnel are still hard at work, readying themselves for the next thing.
Neuralink this month & Tesla next month, SpaceX probably October. We will have made a lot of progress by then. Might have a prototype booster hop done by then.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 28, 2020
In a tweet Musk shared last week, the tech genius and businessman has laid down the possible roadmap for the latest development plans of the group of companies he runs.
“Neuralink this month & Tesla next month, SpaceX probably October. We will have made a lot of progress by then. Might have a prototype booster hop done by then,” the tweet said. This is a clear indication of the achievements the following companies have already done and some still on the works. For example, Neuralink shared the latest update of its brain chip last week. The virtual event, which was streamed by a large audience, saw the debut of a test animal pig named Gertrude and was able to show its brain activity with the help of the chip. On the other hand, for Tesla, it is gearing up for its upcoming Battery Day – an event where observers expect the company to share its latest battery technology updates.
These two events have gone the crowd goes buzzing and for SpaceX, industry insiders and space enthusiasts alike are glued on to what the company is set to do next.
Speaking at the 2020 #HumansToMars virtual conference, @elonmusk says that SpaceX will begin building the first Super Heavy booster (SN1) "this week." Engine count will be reduced to 28 "to simplify the configuration." Outer ring of 20 engines will use 250 ton-thrust Raptors.— Eric Ralph (@13ericralph31) August 31, 2020
In an article by Eric Ralph on Teslarati, the company’s main man shared that the company is working next on a working prototype of its Super Heavy Booster. As he shared in his report, the purported rocket’s specifications dwarf those of the company’s current rocket models – the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. With its height of no more than 230 feet (70 meters) and a weight of 7.7 million lb (3500 metric tons), it will be the largest and most powerful liquid rocket booster ever constructed. With its mighty stance, it is also expected to have twice as much as the thrust powers of other rockets such as the Saturn V.
Thanks to all of the useful technologies already available at the company’s expense from their past models, the initial stages of Super Heavy’s production might see a scot-free development. However, as Ralph pointed out, the project will face several major challenges as it carries on with the building of the aforementioned rocket.
But if we would consider the tech mogul’s words, Ralph supposed that the company might be poised to conduct a ‘hop’ (this is how SpaceX refers to its launch tests) as early as October. Considering the fast pace of how SpaceX conducts things, we might hear about it real soon. Evident of that is the company’s frequency of tests conducted in just a short amount of time – being able to produce forty Raptor prototypes in a span of 18 months is a feat in itself.
All we can do is to stay tuned in the coming weeks regarding the company’s progress with its projected space plans.