Elon Musk has recently shared several meaningful glimpses about the process of building a spacecraft able to reach the Red Planet.
On the 17th of September, SpaceX revealed that millionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first person to fly around the moon in the Big Falcon Rocket. During the press release, exclusive renders of the launch system and a few pictures of the work-site were released. These were valuable bits of information shined a rare light on how the process look does from the perspective of an insider.
According to some sources, the newly shown pictures also tell us how fast does the mission progress and how the BFR is made. Companies are usually secretive when it comes to the manufacturing process, especially when they are building something in partnership with the government. But Musk is not afraid to show how it works. He wants to share the magic of what he does and how it will help everyone in the long one.
The BFR is designed with efficiency in mind. The system is split into two important parts: the 180-foot spaceship and the 230-foot rocket booster which will carry the ship from Earth to the ideal orbit from which it will go towards the moon. Since the spaceship is more complicated, it is the focus of the initiative and the company is spending a good deal of time making sure that it will be safe.
Ideally, the plan is to place the ship into orbit. After a quick refuel, the ship will be able to start towards its desired destination, and after it lands, it will be able to launch itself from that zone, and fly back towards Earth. A major aim is for it to be completely reusable, in order to be both efficient and cost-effective.
Musk also aims to show that SpaceX is able to do what he claims, and this will certainly attract investors that usually avoid risky enterprises. It remains to be seen if SpaceX will reach the space as the deadline approaches.