Recently, twin orbital starship models of SpaceX have made significant progress. Viewers have observed Florida’s starship making a rapid growth jet while SpaceX’s team in Texas, US is working continuously to install bulkheads of propellant tanks as well as on other auxiliary structure. CEO of SpaceX has put forth that at least one or possibly both of the starship prototypes could be almost ready to fly before the end of this month. The company will soon release update regarding the same. Building a massive launch vehicle is far easier as compared to steelwork required to build the primary structure as well as pressure container. The development made in the last few days is remarkable and is encouraging.
SpaceX, a team of expert engineers, started in Boca Chica, Texas. The team was working on starhopper’s initial flight test as well as a starship prototype. Starhopper’s first test was completed on 25th July 2019. After that, the team focused on building the starship prototype. After a few days, the first bulkhead of Texas Starship was lowered inside the barrel section. The barrel section is about 25m long and has propellant tanks and propulsion. At the last month-end, technicians were spotted craning the first dome inside of texas starship. The dome is about 9m in diameter. Looking at its orientation, it seems this bulkhead is the bottom dome, and the other three are to be installed. This last dome will serve as the bottom of liquid methane propellant tank of the Texas Starship as well as a major structural member of the thurst structure of the rocket. It is needed to transfer the force of several raptors safely.
At the Florida starship facility of SpaceX, similar spacecraft had significant growth in a short time. In about 4 to 5 days, technicians installed six rings of steels segments on the tank section very similar to Texas starship. Elon Musk had said both groups were actively sharing experiences and knowledge, and no competition exists between the two. CEO made contradictory statements regarding the date of the flight for both the projects.