Is there enough interest to create a new thread to discuss Starship refueling/tanking/depots. One of the things that's hard for people to get use to is the flexibility in mission planning Starship with on-orbit refueling. Starship without refueling has limited options. There a lot talk in this thread and others on tanking and fuel depots (mostly old space threads).
- Develop state of the art manufacturing site for low density alumina-silica refractory insulation- Optimize tile factory in terms of layout, scrap rate, material utilization, energy consumption
Will spaceX eventually need to use a continuous spiral welder to make super heavy? 🚀 Much faster than making individual ring segments, but I’m not sure it would be necessary given the amount of super heavies that will be produced. 🚀 ✨
No, as better to vary thickness with vehicle height, but this is the right way to go for Boring Co tunnels reinforcement imo
I can imagine it now.Stainless supplied from rolls continuously and welded. No need for placement of concrete segments which would seem to require stopping or high automation to place.
Question about the alumina-silica. Will it be applied on the entire re-entry side of the Starship or just on the points of highest heat?
Since Superheavy and Starship are the same diameter, they will probably make both of stainless steel. Even F9 has to have some type of heat resistant material around the engines and on the bottom. With a Stainless bottom, there may not be a need for any type of heat resistant material, thus being easier to turn around and re-launch. Starship may require more heat resistance at certain points. Hopefully whatever they use will be easy to replace if necessary to keep launching.