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WEBFI-TECH-IT HAPPENED! Elon Musk FINALLY Reveals New Nuclear Starship 2021!



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The explorers of the past discovered new lands and founded colonies, many of which still exist today. Elon Musk has the same spirit of exploration, but his target is literally out of the world! He wants to form a settlement on an entirely different planet, Mars! One problem he has is that going to Mars will take you five months at the shortest, which to Musk is just too long! However, he has found an ingenious way to cut the trip to just 100 days or even less! What is this method, and how does it work?
Join us as we dive into SpaceX Nuclear Starship that Is Finally Happening!
If you are planning a trip to Mars, you have better start with how you will cover the vast space between Earth and the Red Planet. Even if you choose the best time to take off, which comes around once in a while when the two planets align the most, you will spend the next five months in transit as you cover millions of miles! Space is massive, and anywhere you are going is far! Humanity has been making do with large fuel burning rockets when we head for space, but it has limited where we can go because we have to take into consideration the amount of energy required for the trips and the time it will take.
SpaceX is working on the Starship to take people to Mars, but while the current Starship can carry lots of cargo, it will not cut down the travel time significantly.
As Musk is aware, you don’t want to spend five months between Earth and Mars. This is because there are so many risks with that! Astronauts on a trip to Mars would be exposed to very high levels of radiation which can cause serious long-term health problems such as cancer and sterility. As explorers going to populate a new territory, Musk wants them to arrive as healthy and fertile as possible! Radiation shielding can help, but it is extremely heavy, and the longer the mission, the more shielding is needed. A better way to reduce radiation exposure is to simply get where you are going quicker!
Also, the more time you spend in transit, the higher the chance of something going wrong! You could run out of fuel, for example, or a component breaks down! You also want to think of the problems with confining a hundred people to a space as small as the interior of a spacecraft! Emotions might flare and cause conflicts, jeopardizing the mission! And deep space is the last place you want something to go wrong because you are entirely on your own! So Elon Musk basically needs to find the shortest way to move people to Mars!
Even when the Starship is not transporting humans to Mars, it makes sense for space trips to be shorter. For example, during space exploration for science, it is important to get data from unmanned missions as soon as possible. Consider that it took Voyager-2 12 years just to reach Neptune, where it snapped some incredible photos as it flew by. If Voyager-2 had a faster propulsion system, astronomers could have had those photos and the information they contained years earlier, moving our knowledge of the universe forward faster!
Musk has indicated in the past that he is considering different options for powering spacecraft! For instance, he has tweeted about how nuclear powered rockets would be a great area of research for NASA! He has good reasons for this because nuclear systems are faster!

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But why is a nuclear powered Starship faster? To answer this question, let’s look at the basics of how rockets work in space currently. Once you manage to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull, you have three things to worry about: number one is thrust which is how fast a system can accelerate a ship. Number two is mass efficiency, which is how much thrust a system can produce for a given amount of fuel, and lastly, energy density is how much energy a given amount of fuel can produce.
The most common propulsion systems in use are chemical propulsion, regular fuel-burning rockets, and solar-powered electric propulsion systems.
While chemical propulsion systems provide a lot of thrust, chemical rockets aren’t particularly efficient. This is because rocket fuel isn’t that energy-dense. For instance, the Saturn V rocket that took astronauts to the Moon produced 35 million Newtons of force at liftoff and carried 950,000 gallons of fuel! While most of the fuel was used in getting the rocket into orbit, the limitation is that it takes a lot of heavy fuel to get anywhere.
The other option uses solar panels to generate thrust using electricity. The most common way to do this is to use an electrical field to accelerate ions, such as in the Hall thruster. These devices are commonly used to power satellites and can have more than five times higher mass efficiency than chemical systems. But they produce much less thrust, like about three Newtons, or only enough to accelerate a car from 0

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23 Comments

  • Lyle Scheppmann on December 28, 2021

    Go for it

  • Oscar V. Koenigsegg on December 28, 2021

    11th comment, NICE!

  • Arthur Cranford on December 28, 2021

    You can't really say until it's actually in use because we don't know yet you can't really say until it's in use I mean this guy is really really smart same time practical use keeps Us in and check 🤗👍😁

  • Gregg Weber on December 28, 2021

    Storing fuel there is okay until you use too much of it to sufficiently shield you.

  • ElIWOlF on December 28, 2021

    They planning to send nuclear plant to the moon too and to Jupiter

  • Gregg Weber on December 28, 2021

    How about the return trip?

  • Kevin Erickson on December 28, 2021

    You want to look forward to something great nearly everyday just follow musk

  • ✨//DakiroSebastian_1227✨ on December 28, 2021

    Ayo 2040 if any space ships are going to Mars I'm going

  • Gene Strong on December 29, 2021

    nuclear engines are a MUST..

  • Ionut on December 29, 2021

    end to end

  • Jacob Nelson on December 29, 2021

    With nuclear power just make an electromagnetic field that repels radiation…

  • Mark Overton on December 29, 2021

    What ever it takes is ok with me, no doubt further developments will find even higher speeds for deep space trips 👍

  • Fertile Dirt on December 29, 2021

    Lets see how this works out.

  • Bill byast on December 29, 2021

    I'm sure the Marsians will only be so Happy to see an Atomic rocket land on their planet after it was wiped out by a Nuclear war!

  • Jesse Walker on December 29, 2021

    Nuclear propulsion not safest fuel is it, but we are all about getting it done be safe good luck!!

  • D Army on December 29, 2021

    Some day, mars will only be a few days away 🙂

  • Shaymian Te Whau on December 29, 2021

    As long as they know what to do with it when they get there

  • SciFi Bri on December 29, 2021

    Why not combine nuclear with solar sale?

  • Nuke Tech on December 29, 2021

    Didn't the Russians have a nuclear engine years ago?

  • Genevieve Kuhn on December 29, 2021

    Go for it Elon ! success to you , you are passing them all and they don't like it …..

  • Raymond Jordan on December 29, 2021

    yes Elon, do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nuclear electric

  • Peter Katzer on December 29, 2021

    As they already use uranium powered drones why not use this technology on a far bigger scale to get us quicker to mars and beyond good luck to the scientists who can develop the next engine s closer to light speed in the near future

  • Peter Fulton on December 29, 2021

    Electro magnetic Anti Gravitics propulsion would be more efficient..its been around since 1938..

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