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Offline SpaceXOrbit

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Starship cargo missions
« on: 05/20/2021 01:32 pm »
When Starship starts flying commercial payloads, will SpaceX load the cargo at the launch site with Starship vertical? That seems the most efficient, but it also doesn't seem that safe to me. Another option I guess would be to load it in the highbay, but that would take a lot of time as the starship would have to be moved there, rotated, open up, and load the payload. Is there a different alternative?

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Re: Starship cargo missions
« Reply #1 on: 05/20/2021 02:08 pm »
https://www.spacex.com/media/starship_users_guide_v1.pdf

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Payloads are integrated into the Starship fairing
vertically in ISO Class 8 (Class 100,000) cleanrooms.
Then the integrated payload stack is transferred to the
launch pad and lifted onto the Starship vehicle, while
maintaining the same vertical orientation throughout
the entire process. Conditioned air is delivered into the
fairing during encapsulated ground processing while in
the processing facility and on the launch pad.

So a year ago starship was supposed to have a detachable cargo bay.
And God said: "Let there be a metric system". And there was the metric system.
And God saw that it was a good system.

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Re: Starship cargo missions
« Reply #2 on: 05/20/2021 02:51 pm »
Yes but how will they get the payload inside? Will the motors be powerful enough to open the door in 1G?

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Re: Starship cargo missions
« Reply #3 on: 05/20/2021 03:15 pm »
On the ground you can have dedicated rigging/support as a part of ground equipment.

 

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