Elon Musk gave an Everyday Astronaut a tour of the SpaceX Starbase.
Elon displayed the Megabay. There will be ten to twelve stations. Two stations are located in the High bay. SpaceX will be able to simultaneously work on 12-14 rockets. There are two in the high bay, and twelve in the Megabay.
One of the major improvements is to use excess gasoline from Starship main engines instead of separate cold-gas thrusters.
They have made the grid fins more drag- and pressure-efficient to improve landing speed, precision and speed.
They have opened Starship to allow Starlink Gen 2 satellites to be deployed.
Heat shields have holes, but these gaps shrink when they are exposed to heat of re-entry. It is important to minimize peak heating and allow reuse.
They optimize cost per ton to orbit. They don’t consider the ISP or any other metrics.
The current cost per useful ton of material to the surface of Mars is $1 billion and the current goal is $100,000 per useful ton to the surface of Mars.
The grid fins and other parts are not ideal but will work. They will improve over time.
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