How All of Elon Musk’s Spacecraft Work in Just 10 Minutes

published on July 2, 2020

people have been interested in outer

space since ancient times however those

who came before us had very limited ways

of studying it at present absolutely

everything is possible thanks to modern

technology and SpaceX is one of the few

entities that seeks to improve upon it

and how exactly for example by creating

projects so groundbreaking that they

become famous all over the world I've

spoken about them many times before but

I've never considered them in detail

I've never disassembled them and looked

at each part never looked inside though

it seems the time has come to do so

everyone has heard of the Falcon heavy

super heavy launch vehicle it was

designed to transport people spaceships

and various cargo into space but let's

talk about how this ship came to be step

by step after all such a powerful unit

wasn't created instantly and it also had

its predecessors the history of the

Falcon family of vehicles began with the

creation of the Falcon 1 a lightweight

launch vehicle with a length of 213

meters or sixty nine point eight feet a

diameter of 17 meters or 56 feet and a

launch mass of 276 tons the rocket

could carry 420 kilograms or 926 pounds

of payload on board it became the first

private device that was able to bring

cargo into low-earth orbit a great

achievement but not the best it could be

construction of the Falcon 1 consisted

of only two stages the first of them

consisted of a supporting element with

fuel tanks an engine and a parachute

system kerosene was chosen as a fuel and

liquid oxygen became its

oxidizing agent the second stage also

contained

you'll tanks and an engine though the

latter had less thrust compared to the

one in the first stage despite the huge

launch cost seven point nine million

dollars five attempts were made to send

the Falcon one beyond the borders of our

planet but not all of them were

successful during the debut launch of

the rocket a fire started in the first

stage engine this led to a loss of

pressure which caused the engine to shut

down in the 34th second to flight the

second attempt to start the Falcon 1

incurred a problem with the fuel system

of the second stage fuels stopped

flowing into its engine at 474 seconds

of flight it shut down as well the third

time Falcon 1 went on a flight it wasn't

alone of the serious cargo the rocket

carried onboard the Trailblazer

satellite and to NASA microsatellites

what do you think did everything go well

this time there was every chance of it

in phase one with the first stage the

flight went normally but when the time

came to separate the stages the first

hit the second right when it started its

engine so the second stage couldn't

continue its flight the fourth and fifth

launches showed good results but that

wasn't enough

the main problem with Falcon one was low

demand due to its low payload abilities

for this reason development of the

rocket stopped it was decided to do

something more serious namely the Falcon

9 this device can carry onboard almost

23 tons of cargo

imagine that SpaceX once again wanted to

send StarLink satellites into space each

weighs about 260 kilograms or 573 pounds

the Falcon 9 could lift 88 of these

devices all at once provided that the

first stage isn't returned yes it's also

a two-stage launch vehicle and uses

kerosene and liquid oxygen as fuel the

device is currently in operation and the

cost of its launch is equal to 62

million dollars and fortunately none of

them have failed the first stage of the

rocket is reusable it can return to

Earth and be used again now Falcon 9 is

designed to not only launch commercial

communication satellites but also to

deliver dragon cargo ships to the ISS by

the way why don't we talk about dragon

namely about Dragon one carrying a six

ton payload from the earth this drone

supplies the ISS with everything it

needs in addition it also takes goods

back however when sent to earth Dragon

one cannot carry the same weight from

the ISS the spacecraft can take only

three to three and a half tons of cargo

despite this drawback dragon one is now

the only cargo spacecraft in the world

that can return at least something from

the ISS way to go Elon Musk and yet it

doesn't end there if the name of the

device has a suffix in the form of a

number then it likely has future

versions in this case it's in the form

of the dragon to ship the

I'm talking about a man ship which was

created by order of NASA the ship is

designed to deliver a crew of four

people to the ISS and back to earth but

of course such a unit cannot be launched

into orbit directly from a launch pad

therefore this is where the same Falcon

9 booster comes to its aid unlike its

predecessor Dragon 2 can dock at the ISS

on its own without assistance from a

special manipulator the ship can be

brought to the surface of the earth with

the help of parachutes but there's even

another option in case of an accident

with eight super Draco engines a manned

landing is also possible with each

attempt to create something new

most things get better now it seems it's

time to talk about something really cool

an ultra heavy launch vehicle with a

payload capacity of almost 64 tons the

most powerful and heavy device at the

time of the first launch I'm talking

about the Falcon Heavy built on the

basis of the Falcon 9 this rocket was

first launched on February 6th 2018 the

test was successful the rocket sent Elon

Musk's car into space a red Tesla

Roadster after this debut subsequent

launches were also conducted without

problems the cost of launching one such

launch vehicle is estimated at about one

hundred and fifty million dollars and

when you think about it this price is

quite justified mainly because of its

technical equipment the first stage of

the Falcon Heavy consists of three parts

not one two side boosters are connected

to its base the first stage of the

Falcon 9 ft launch vehicle it's been

specially modified to secure additional

elements in total three blocks contain

27 incredibly powerful engines

in each one the thrust created during

takeoff is comparable to approximately

18 Boeing 747s at full power in terms of

a numerical equivalent that's about 20

22 million Newton's now imagine the

same Boeing but filled with passengers

baggage and fuel this is about the

weight that the Falcon Heavy can lift

into near-earth orbit as for the second

stage there's nothing special about it

this part of the rocket is equipped with

a single engine and is similar to the

one used on the Falcon 9 initially the

super-heavy rocket was created to send

people into space it was planned that

the device would be able to participate

in missions flying to the moon as well

as to Mars however scientists decided to

use the giant to send massive loads into

space for example artificial earth

satellites and automatic interplanetary

stations also the Falcon Heavy can carry

the spaceship dragon on board if

necessary but SpaceX plans don't end

there currently work is underway on the

starship manned spacecraft according to

its creators this device will be much

larger in mass and size than all of the

company's existing rockets this novelty

will be able to deliver cargo into orbit

weighing more than a hundred tons the

launch of starship into space is planned

for 2022 but not just as a test to some

part of space near by the earth but to

Mars and with a payload does this mean

that one of mankind's largest dreams

will come true within the next couple of

years who knows but these are all

prerequisites for it one way or another

space exploration is being taken to a

whole new

many organizations have already

contracted with SpaceX to achieve their

goals some are planning more serious

missions while others are launching

satellites into orbit in any case in the

future the company is on a path for

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