Elon Musk's company has installed the Starship SN20 spacecraft on the Super Heavy Booster 4. The first orbital tests of the system can be expected soon.
SpaceX has a big day today as it is one step closer to its most ambitious goal of bringing the Starship system into operation.
The docking of the spacecraft with the accelerator is also remarkable because it marked the birth of the largest rocket in the world.
The total length of the system was 120 meters. For comparison, the length of the Soviet H-1 super-heavy launch vehicles was 105 meters. The Saturn V, which launched astronauts to the moon, was 110 meters long.
The new complex is distinguished from the systems of previous generations, among other things, by its reusability: both the spacecraft and the first stage can be reused. Starship is capable of putting more than 100 tons into a low reference orbit. It is assumed that it can be used for flights to the Moon and Mars.
Recall that Elon Musk recently showed an almost finished first stage close up. By that time, 29 Raptor methane engines and trellis rudders had been successfully installed on it.