Skip to comments.This imaginative drawing liked by Elon Musk reveals just how wild SpaceX's first missions to Mars...
Posted on 09/08/2018 10:27:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin
To make the roughly six-month one-way journey, Musk and his engineers have dreamed up a 347-foot-tall launch system called the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR. The spacecraft is designed to have two fully reusable stages: a 19-story booster and a 16-story spaceship, which would fly on top of the booster and into into space.
SpaceX employees are now building a prototype of the Big Falcon Spaceship at the Port of Los Angeles. Gwynne Shotwell, the company's president and COO, reportedly said Thursday that the spaceship may start small test-launches in late 2019.
Several official graphics of the spaceship's internal structure exist, but none show exactly how the ship would be equipped for Mars. So spaceflight-loving artist Nick Oberg created his own illustration of how the vehicle might look and function on the inside.
Oberg is a 29-year-old scientist at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he's working toward a PhD in astrophysics. But he used some spare time to make what he calls an "imaginative" cutaway drawing of the BFR spaceship. It includes detailed sketches of hydroponic greenhouses, messy crew cabins, and even a person pooping on a zero-gravity toilet.
Ober noted that he "is not in any way an engineer" and his graphic of the Big Falcon Spaceship "almost certainly has completely ridiculous things in it that make no sense."
Nevertheless, his vision of Big Falcon Spaceship's guts has grown popular in the absence of official details from SpaceX.
"Some people take these diagrams very seriously," he said. "I'm glad I've gotten people arguing about things they hadn't thought about before."
" You need fresh food," Oberg said. "These people will be eating dehydrated food for years. Even if plants can't sustain them entirely, they're going to want fresh produce."
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Hey...I liked everything when I smoked dope, too...lol
I LOVE his projects, I’m a fanboy.
That SINGLE photo of him with the joint..?
He went from brash idealist to unsteady pothead faster than the model S.
I think people are now going to splash that onto his EVERY new project.
“falcon” was not the original word, I’m thinking...
How many Model 3s will it hold in its cargo bay? Where’s the 9-hole miniputt course? and Starbucks ?
Maybe he's planning to use Red Mercury as a fuel.
The diagram does make a point of mentioning a coffee machine.
I’m willing to wager heavily that among the engineers, the “F” doesn’t really stand for “Falcon”.
The weight of those windows, and the risk they pose of leaks, is completely out of line with reality.
Zoom in on the cutaway and read the notes. Fun read!
Yeah, it stands for "Fantasy."
Cheech and Chong’s next movie:
Up in Space.
Up in Space.
Big Model Falcon Rocket.
Their working title is probably BFS, which really stands for Bureaucracy Funded Scam.
I don’t know who Musk’s financial team is, but they need to tell him to get into the lab and them handle the company. Musk is a visionary who was one of the lucky ones to get Obama bucks. Now that that has changed, he needs to put on a white coat, smoke a big blunt and invent our future.
What we need is a continuous propulsion system and I think the trip will be weeks not months.
Constant acceleration at one G halfway and then constant deceleration one G?
Sold me with the Zero-G coed shower with room for four.
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