SpaceX unveiled something pretty cool today.
Called the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), it was revealed in a video just before Elon Musk’s scheduled talk at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.
In the video, we can also see SpaceX’s new rocket, called the BFR, alongside the BFS spaceship, both of these have been designed to pave the way for SpaceX to help us colonise Mars.
We can see that the rocket is a bit taller and wider than the Falcon 9, however, the exact specifications have yet to be revealed, although we can see that the BFR has 28,730,000 pounds of thrust in the video. Elon Musk also revealed on his Twitter account that both of these would be almost twice as tall as the Falcon 9, at 122 meters tall.
In the simulation video that SpaceX released today, it revealed SpaceX’s plans to lift the spaceship part of the ITS (BFS) into space with the BFR and then return the rocket back the Earth, where it will be parked on a launch mount, which will allow it to be rapidly re-fueled.
A separate tanker will then be attached to the BFR, and the BFR will then be launched once again to refuel the BFS.
After that, the BFS will use its set of solar arrays that it will deploy during its trip to Mars and use to generate up to 200kW of power. From here, the BFS will make its way to Mars at a speed of more than 62,000 miles per hour.
Upon entering Mars’ atmosphere, the outside of the ship will heat up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, after which it will use supersonic retro propulsion, or basically firing all of the rockets at once to lower the spaceship onto the surface of Mars.
Check it out below.