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Questions regarding SpaceX's Starship, formerly the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) upper stage or BFS

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Is Starship planned to fly directly to the ISS without first stage? Is it even possible?

I'm having difficulty understanding how/if Starship and/or Super Heavy could be used to deliver crew to LEO. Is it expected to deliver astronauts to the ISS Crew-Dragon-style, but without the 2nd ...
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Are the engines present on the SpaceX Starship Sea level engines or Vacuum engines?

The SpaceX Starship will have engines that light up in space and propel the ship to Mars. Companies and organizations use vacuum engines in space. However, Starship has to land on Mars, travel back ...
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How much does the SpaceX Starship flex during the Flop maneuver?

Poring over the woes (and sucesses) of Starship prototypes SN 5-11, I had read they were trying a thinner stainless steel skin in later iterations. The flop maneuver places the centers of drag at the ...
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SN11 was launched in fog. Why not wait for better conditions?

The fog certainly frustrated the external observers, but it doesn't seem ideal from SpaceX perspective either. All the external observers were very distant from the launch/landing site and would be ...
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Why have SpaceX skipped the SpaceX Starship SN12, SN13, and SN14?

Something has happened to the SpaceX Starship SN11. (For full details and answers regarding SN11, check out the question What happened to the SpaceX Starship SN11?) Elon Musk recently posted this ...
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What happened to the SpaceX Starship SN11? Why did it crash?

What happened to the SpaceX Starship SN11? As per the live streams held on YouTube, I want to know what really happened to SpaceX Starship SN11 The live streams show a lot of smoke and others show ...
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Could another fuel be used in the SpaceX Starship header tank?

A memory of hexane and water in a separatory funnel brought to mind the issue of helium and LNG in the header tank while the Starship flips and does its powered landing. There was discussion of the ...
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Doesn't dirt get into critical Starship parts?

I guess that once Starship prototypes are complete they should be pretty weather- and dirt-proof. They should be perfectly sealed and stainless steel is well-suited to life outside (though sometimes I ...
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How does the economics of orbital refueling vs bigger rocket work?

SpaceX plans to refuel Starship in orbit for Moon and Mars missions. According to some other questions here, it seems like they would need 6 tanker Starships to send 1 Starship to Mars. At a glance, a ...
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Maintaining constant fuel pressure to rocket engine during flight and flip maneuvers

During lift-off and landing, the methane liquid fuel inside the Starship is being consumed. How constant fuel pressure to the Raptor engines is maintained when the fuel is being depleted and during ...
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Why has a rocket system like Starship never been proposed before? It does not seem to use any new science, materials or fuels

I wonder why nobody ever proposed a space launch system like Starship. Methane as a fuel and all the theory behind are well known, so why? Is it solely because of IT progress that made returning the ...
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How does Starship/Superheavy system compare with the hypothetical successor of Soviet Energia/Buran system, “Uragan”?

The both were meant to be fully reusable and have comparable scale.
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Are Starship header tanks used during ascent? And why?

Elon Musk tweeted that Starship SN8 failed to land due to insufficient header tank pressure: Fuel header tank pressure was low during landing burn, causing touchdown velocity to be high & RUD [......
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Static Fire Tests: How is the rocket prevented from flying?

In rockets like Starship, if 35 Raptors are firing at same time, then in a full-duration static fire test there would be enormous loads being exerted from 35 raptors, on the clamps holding the rocket. ...
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Why do SpaceX Starships look so “homemade”?

Maybe this is not possible to answer, but I was hoping there was some reliable information available on this. It seems to me that the SpaceX Starship rockets have sort of a homemade quality to them, ...
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What is a static fire test?

I watched SN10 launching but not the static fire test. I am closely following SN11 launching, and read about a static fire test today. I don't know what it is. Can someone please explain "static ...
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Can someone explain the SN10 landing failure in layperson's terms?

The things I can't understand from what Elon tweeted are: "engine was low on thrust due (probably) to partial helium ingestion" There are only tanks for liquid oxygen and CH4 - where did ...
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Mars in 30 Days

My first question so show mercy! Earth to Mars 150,000,000 miles. Earth escape velocity ~20,000 MPH (at maximum fuel consumption). The journey takes 8 Months at that speed. The Question: If launching ...
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What will be the final Starship prototype?

So far, Spacex has made and destroyed/launched Starhopper,MK1-MK4, and SN1-SN10. They also have SN11 on the launchpad and BN1,BN2, and SN15-SN20 under construction. What will be the final Starship ...
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Will the Starship skirt envelope heat during landing?

Starship lands on the pad using the landing burn of 1-2 raptor engines. The landing legs offer little vertical clearance from the ground, whereas during lift off, the suborbital launch pad provides ...
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How many different hexagonal tiles' modules are required to pave one Starship?

Assuming SpaceX would like to avoid absolute unmodularity of STS' thermal protection system, which was composed of (symmetry aside) mostly different and unique tiles. What tiling typologic strategies ...
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Why SpaceX want to land the rocket on the ground?

click for full size Won't it be easier and save a lot of money to just catch it or land it in a basket? So rocket coming down can open arm longer than the diameter of the high basket where it goes ...
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Why are the rocket plumes on SN10 different colors?

At about 7:53 (T+2:30) in this official video of the SpaceX Starship SN10 test flight, the engines are shown in the lower right, with clearly different colors in the plumes. The one on the right is ...
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What happens at T-0 for the SpaceX Starship?

Every launch system defines a different event for T-0. The SpaceX Starship prototypes seem to ignite the engines at T-1.0 and accent seems to begin between T+1.0 and T+1.5. An overthrust abort for SN-...
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Why was the SpaceX Starship SN10 slanted when it landed?

Why was the SpaceX Starship SN10 slanted when it landed? Was the landing pad uneven? Or did the Starship land a little way away from it? Or was this caused due to hull damage?
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Does the SpaceX Starship plan to have landing legs?

Does the SpaceX Starship plan to have landing legs? And if so, how many and where will they be located on the body of the rocket?
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Starship: Maximum damage if hijacked and weaponised?

Any sufficiently advanced space technology is indistinguishable from a weapon of mass destruction, if misused. In the event that SpaceX lost control of a Starship to EvilHackers, what's the most ...
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What is the cause of the horizontal drift in the ascend path of the Starship and other rockets?

As can be seen in the available videos on-line and in the following picture, as the rocket ascends, a horizontal drift in its path can be seen. I have forgotten the calculation of the Coriolis effect ...
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Trying to calculate Starship's ability to escape earth gravitational potential

The Wikipedia had the spectrum of SpaceX Raptor's specific impulse to be 330s at sea level and 380 in vacuum. Using an updated effective exhaust velocity at sea level to = 3280 m/s and in the vacuum ...
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Why did the SpaceX Starship SN10 explode?

Much to everyone's relief. The SpaceX Starship SN10 successfully completed its flight and landed..... But, sometime later, It exploded! Why? And did it have anything to do with the fire near the ...
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Shuttle had heat radiators, but Starship has none - why?

Heat radiators were a big deal for the Space Shuttle - once the bay doors were closed it was important to deorbit quite quickly. The SpaceX Starship doesn't appear to have specific radiator ...
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Why are Starship's tanks curved the way they are?

Since Starship has to feed its engines in two kind of situations : -during ascent, acceleration is colinear to Starship's longitudinal axis. -at the end of the belly dive, acceleration is normal to ...
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Understanding the rocket equation - calculating Starship delta v

I am trying to calculate delta v of Starship - both as separate stages (Starship [SS], Super Heavy [SH]) and as a fully stacked rocket including 100t payload. I know that I have to calculate 2 ...
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Why not land SpaceX's Starship like a plane?

I get the reasoning behind designing Starship to land upright. It doesn't require landing gear and the turnaround is expected to be much faster. But I'm beginning to question that logic. I think the ...
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What local pressure changes would a starship launch on Mars cause?

When Starship launches from Mars it will burn thousands of tonnes of fuel in seconds. This will cause a local increase in pressure, humidity (it might exist!) and temperature. Do we have any idea how ...
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What is this ring-shaped part falling from Starship SN9 after launch?

The picture shown is a screenshot during the recent launch of SpaceX's SN9 from a live stream, and I noticed that a black ring fell off the exhaust/engine. It only shows up for around a frame or two ...
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SpaceX Starship: Could they use the Vacuum engines during landing in case of other engine failure?

With the recent test (and RUD due to single engine relight failure) of SN-9, Musk has stated that what they should've done was light all three raptor engines simultaneously then turn one off so as to ...
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Why does starship flip vertical at the last moment instead of earlier

In the test flight of SN9, it appeared that 1 of 2 engines did not relight upon landing. Why is the transition to vertical not done at a higher altitude where a backup engine could be lit if needed ...
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Superheavy assisted trip to Mars

i just had a thought and wonder about feasability, cost and possible implications. What I assume is the plan: A Superheavy pushes Starship into Orbit. Cargo Starships follow and refuel. Fueled up ...
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Why isn't SpaceX's Starship “trial and error” development strategy an open source project?

Some large community of space enthusiasts is working hard on simulating or extrapolating data on the SpaceX Starship. But this data isn't publicly available. So why don't they release it as an open ...
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Starship deceleration during belly flop?

Was just wondering what level of deceleration did they get during that belly flop manouver? Updated: Hiya, you're all correct, and I was a tad vague in my question! What I'm after is the vertical ...
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Why SN8 needed 12.5 km?

Is there a particular reason for chosing 12.5 km for the SN8 hop? Why 5 km for example is not good enough?
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Any large scale rocket static fires, like SpaceX's 3 in one day?

SpaceX on Jan 13, 2021 did three static fires in one day. Elon Musk tweeted: All three static fires completed & no RUDs! And that was in response to this tweet of his own: Today at SpaceX is ...
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What's the ratio of horizontal to vertical velocity and travel distance for starship?

As far as I understand the spacex starship trajectory is not exactly vertical, it looks more like the picture below. If the height of the flight is 12.5km, then what is the horizontal distance it ...
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What are SpaceX plans for Starship with respect to Moon landing and then takeoff?

Starship uses Raptor engines which in turn uses liquid methane as fuel. The idea for using methane as fuel being - methane can be produced on Mars from CO2 and H2O. And using the onsite produced ...
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Does a fully fuelled Starship in LEO have 0kg payload to Jupiter?

So I was looking into the payload mass a fully fuelled Centaur V could send to Jupiter and used the formula in presented in this answer to create a C3 graph. For a bit of fun I also looked into the ...
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How will SpaceX land its rockets on the unleveled surface of Mars?

SpaceX plans to send the Starship to Mars and to land it there, tail first in a vertical position. Unlike the Perseverance rover, which seems to be able to land on uneven terrain without the need for ...
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“NASA's Europa Clipper has been liberated from the Space Launch System” How would the “physics” of a Starship-based mission differ from SLS?

The Hill's NASA's Europa Clipper has been liberated from the Space Launch System is quite an illuminating read about the politics of space launch. However, I noticed that it also says: Both the ...
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Why is the LOX header tank on Spacex Starship at the front of the vehicle?

At the moment, the design of Spacex's Starship is roughly, from bottom to top: Engines Liquid Oxygen (LOX) tank Liquid Methane (CH4) header tank Liquid Methane tank Payload Liquid Oxygen header tank ...
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Cryogenic storage in Starship header tanks

Since Starship uses cold liquid oxygen and methane fuel in its header tanks, how will these cryogenic tanks been kept full and cold on long missions in space?