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When SpaceStarship lands Mars, the crew will be almost 50 meters above the surface. How will they get out with all their equipment?

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    $\begingroup$ The answers below are sourced, so they're good answers - but I wonder why apparently no one is considering exiting through the aft cargo doors next to the engines. $\endgroup$ – Chris B. Behrens Oct 9 at 14:06
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    $\begingroup$ @ChrisB.Behrens: Because that would require either stowing away in the aft cargo bay, or having traveled through the O2 and CH4 tanks. $\endgroup$ – dotancohen Oct 9 at 19:21
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, so just put a Jeffries tube in there! $\endgroup$ – Chris B. Behrens Oct 9 at 20:02
  • $\begingroup$ By jumping out and landing on their helmets, of course! $\endgroup$ – Sean Oct 10 at 0:56
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SpaceX has implied that there will be a crew/cargo lift system similar to how skyscraper window washing platforms work (a crane swings the platform out from inside and lowers it to the ground):

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SpaceX teased it at the end of this video from last year:

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    $\begingroup$ I think a lot of people have seen this image i.stack.imgur.com/ANEIv.jpg one way or another, which seems to be the thumbnail (or whatever it's called) for this year-old Primal Space video youtu.be/FYU-N2RWfso but I don't know the images origin. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Oct 9 at 12:42
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The design hasn't been confirmed publicly by SpaceX yet, but probably some kind of elevator. One of the mockup drawings showed Starship having a stowed crane for offloading cargo, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume they could stick a flat platform with handrails on that.

Picture at 33s into the video:

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    $\begingroup$ I can indeed... $\endgroup$ – Joe Oct 9 at 12:45
  • $\begingroup$ Looks excellent, thank you!! $\endgroup$ – uhoh Oct 9 at 12:47
  • $\begingroup$ They still have quite some time to figure this out, and it's not exactly rocket science. (Literally.) $\endgroup$ – Jörg W Mittag Oct 9 at 13:36
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, but crane science doesn't sound as sexy! $\endgroup$ – Joe Oct 9 at 13:50
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    $\begingroup$ I added a screen shot in case the video is ever deleted. It's a private account, not SpaceX. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Oct 10 at 4:24
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It would seem elementary to be able to move cargo out of the ship, but it is a technical problem of moving and storage. It occurred to me that besides having a modified gantry lift and automatic machinery as a main moving mechanism, there needs to be manual mechanics to be a backup system. Also, since gravity is so low perhaps a circular slide filled with air would do the trick, winding it's way down to the floor of the Mars surface. Passengers could help unload the cargo bay on top, while others on the ground receive the cargo. Furthermore, there also could be a useful cargo mover, circular, something like those used to move luggage in airports with chain links. It would have to be something simple, because everyone on such a long trip, with all of the hazards involved with their body, may not have the strength or the inclination to move cargo.

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