Carnival of Space #627
Welcome to the 627th Carnival of Space! The carnival is a celebration of all things related to astronomy and space science. It roams cyberspace, pitching its tents at a different website each week. “Come one, come all!” the carnival barkers cry, inviting you inside to read the latest new about our universe. And today, the carnival sets up here, at the home of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. So buy your overpriced snacks, take your seat on our splintery benches, settle in and enjoy the show!
- The Spaceline: an Elevator From the Earth to the Moon –
- Elon Musks Says that his Next Starship Could be Twice as Big
- Mars 2020 Rover Gets its Helicopter Sidekick
- A 3D Printed Telescope: The Analog Sky Drifter
- By Continuously Watching the Moon, we Could Detect Interstellar Meteorites
- Even Though it Hasn’t Launched Yet, JUICE Took its First Images of Jupiter and its Moons
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Next Big Future
- Open Lunar Foundation Believe $2-3 Billion Could Create a First Lunar Settlement
- US Spy Satellites at Diffraction Limit for Resolution Since 1971
- Warren Redlich has a video with renderings of SpaceX Starship 2.0 with an 18 meter diameter made by Kimi Kimi Talvitie. Starship would only have 6 raptor engines and have a range of about 10,000 miles. However, an 18-meter wide Starship 2.0 would have 20 raptor engines and would be able to go anywhere on earth in under one hour.
- SpaceX Super Heavy Starship 2.0 Will Be 8 Times Bigger Than Super Heavy Starship: SpaceX Super Heavy Starship will be able to launch 100 tons into orbit in a fully reusable basis, but Elon Plans the follow up to be 4 to 8 times bigger. Elon tweeted that Starship Version 2.0 will be 18 meters in diameter instead of 9 meters. This would mean the area of the cross-section would be 4 times higher. If the height was also doubled then it would have 9 times the volume. The engines would likely be upgraded for the Ultra Heavy Starship 2.0. This means the next rocket might be able to launch over 1000 tons per launch. This would be about twice the payload of the Sea Dragon. The Sea Dragon was a 1962 conceptualized design study for a two-stage sea-launched orbital super heavy-lift launch vehicle. The project was led by Robert Truax while working at Aerojet. It would have had a payload capacity of 550 tons. It would have been 150 meters tall and 23 meters in diameter.
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