I don’t actually have a “Space Travel” category here at ftrsn.net, so I guess I’ll just go ahead and file this under “culture”. The news and the spectacle are pretty cool in and of themselves, but the really exciting part is what this is likely a test bed for.
“They really need to be way bigger than that,” Musk said.
Fortunately, from his perspective, the launch had confirmed the company’s ability to model rocket launches on computers. “It gives me a lot of faith for our next architecture. It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable.”
The BFR is the Big Falcon Rocket, a super-massive reusable rocket with 31 Raptor engines topped by a staggeringly tall 48-meter spacecraft. Musk revealed it in September as the launch system to take humans to Mars, as well as open up other worlds in the Solar System to human activity and exploration. Perhaps an initial launch could come in three or four years, he said.
Test launches of a rocket which might take people to Mars in three to fours years? That’s really, really exciting.