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SpaceX shows off newly modified Starship Super Heavy booster [possible 10% increase in payload to orbit capacity]

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SpaceX's Booster 9 Starship Super Heavy prototype is shown with its new "vented interstage" and heat shield, two pieces of hardware for its modified spacecraft-separation system. (Image credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX has added some new hardware to its latest Starship rocket prototype, which is being prepped for a test flight in the near future.


Starship, SpaceX's next-gen deep-space transportation system, consists of two fully reusable elements — a huge first-stage booster known as Super Heavy and a 165-foot-tall (50 meters) upper-stage spacecraft called Starship.

The pair has flown together only once to date, on an April 20 test flight from SpaceX's Starbase site in South Texas that aimed to send Starship partway around Earth. That didn't happen, however: Starship and Super Heavy failed to separate as planned, and SpaceX beamed up a self-destruct command, detonating the duo high above the Gulf of Mexico.

SpaceX has made a variety of design changes in the wake of that debut, aiming to increase the chances of success on future Starship flights.


The most dramatic change concerns the spacecraft-separation system. It will be quite different on the next Starship mission, which will involve a Super Heavy prototype named Booster 9 and an upper-stage vehicle called Ship 25 — and SpaceX just gave us a sneak peak.

"Vented interstage and heat shield installed atop Booster 9. Starship and Super Heavy are being upgraded to use a separation method called hot-staging, where Starship's second stage engines will ignite to push the ship away from the booster," the company wrote today (Aug. 18) in a post on X (formerly Twitter) that shared two photos of the new hardware.

"The superhot plasma from the upper-stage engines has gotta go somewhere," Musk told journalist Ashlee Vance in a discussion on X on June 24, during which he revealed the design change. "So we're adding an extension to the booster that is almost all vents, essentially. So that allows the the upper-stage engine plume to go through the sort of vented extension of the booster and not just blow itself up."

Hot staging, which is commonly used on Russian rockets, could end up increasing Starship's payload-to-orbit capacity by 10%, Musk added.
 
Well hot-staging is going to throw a wrench into re-usability turnaround time as I'm quite sure the metal is going to get distorted.
Those hot staging rings are disposable. They do not get re-used even on reusable rockets. They are nothing more than intricately cut rings of rolled steel strategically reinforced. Easy to manufacture and relatively cheap.
 
Those hot staging rings are disposable. They do not get re-used even on reusable rockets. They are nothing more than intricately cut rings of rolled steel strategically reinforced. Easy to manufacture and relatively cheap.

Well they were talking about wanting turn-around times in hours for Starship launches. Multiple flights a day. That isn't going to work with this weak link.
 
SpaceX is expert and innovative.. in making up propaganda and lies for their rockets.. thats admirable trait from the nation who create the mass fake news propaganda , second to india
 
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