Elon Musk has been working on his biggest secret project yet… and we finally have the details! At the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, Musk revealed plans to bring humans to Mars by 2024, and gave an update on his plans to establish permanent residence on the Red Planet – including artificial gravity as one of its key features!
The Starship-2022 will take off in just 100 days, and will be able to travel between cities in space at speeds of more than 30 miles per second!
The wait is over!
I think we have all been really excited about taking a big step towards establishing a city on Mars. said Musk at Starship’s unveiling. The ship is scheduled to begin its first flight around 2022 and will be capable of transporting large numbers of people and cargo to Mars. The ship will be capable of carrying 100 people or 100 tons to Mars. This mission is even more exciting because it may give scientists a chance to finally create artificial gravity on another planet, something that has never been done before.
The most exciting part of today’s announcement has to be seeing real plans being made to create artificial gravity on Mars. On earth, artificial gravity is easily created with space stations by rotating sections at high speeds to create centripetal force. Artificial gravity can allow humans to live longer and provide a more comfortable environment, which will help reduce stress on astronauts during long missions. Without a high level of stress, astronauts will have an easier time regulating their bodies and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while in space. Without artificial gravity, there would be no way for people to spend months or years in space without suffering from extreme health issues associated with weightlessness like muscle atrophy, osteoporosis and degradation of immune systems along with others that can severely impact their quality of life if not treated properly.
It has been a long wait since SpaceX first started to post concept videos and images of their new ships, but we are now one step closer to making our dreams of travelling to Mars a reality. As we approach milestones in space exploration, it is exciting to know that scientists around the world will be better equipped to create artificial gravity environments and conduct invaluable research that may one day benefit humans back on earth. The creation of artificial gravity on Mars will help advance scientific discovery in ways that weren’t possible until today.
Luckily there is already an Artificial Gravity experiment underway aboard Earth’s International Space Station (ISS). Scientists have developed an experiment with fruit flies to understand how microgravity impacts their development in order to better understand if developing life could develop normally in space under microgravity conditions.
Here’s a sneak peek at what it looks like
WHAT IS SPACEX DOING WITH STARSHIP? While SpaceX still has to build an orbital prototype, it was important to show that there’s a viable path forward for life on Starlink. If you’re going to create a massive space empire, you need to figure out how people are going to live in space. Therefore, SpaceX is building a version of its Interplanetary Transport System with artificial gravity technology onboard (Starship) as part of its overall plan. That way, if and when they want they can take people away from Earth and populate their own planet with them. DOES A STARSHIP HAVE ARTIFICIAL GRAVITY? Actually yes…in a sense.
IS SPACEX GOING TO USE STARSHIP? In a word, yes. It’s part of SpaceX’s overall plan to create a self-sustaining human presence on Mars and eventually throughout our solar system. However, since Starlink is an orbital infrastructure project and not a colonisation one, there are no concrete plans to use it just yet. The spacecraft is currently undergoing initial testing at SpaceX HQ in California where you can catch glimpses of its first few prototypes if you look closely enough. So why build something like that at all if there’s no concrete plan to go anywhere?
THAT’S AN INTERESTING QUESTION. To start with, it’s an experimental research project that allows SpaceX to create and master a whole new suite of technologies in-house without spending too much money. After all, just because you want to colonise Mars doesn’t mean you have infinite resources to get it done. By integrating artificial gravity onboard Starships from day one, SpaceX can effectively build a proof of concept model. That way if and when they do go ahead with colonisation efforts down the line, humans will be ready for life in space as well as on planet Mars itself. So there you have it…Starship has artificial gravity after all!
Now I’m sure you have a lot of questions about it, so we’ve included everything that we know below to help with your research: What is SpaceX doing with Starship? Does Starship have artificial gravity? Are there any tests on it yet? How much did it cost to make and how long will Starships take to build in total? Is SpaceX really planning on using Starships anytime soon? Is there room onboard Starships for families and kids as well as regular astronauts like normal space flights are today? When will we be able to see Starlink orbit Earth regularly, who will be able to see them etc.? When do you think that SpaceX is planning on creating Starships fully?
If you can’t afford the trip, here are some alternatives
While it may not be as exciting as a ticket to Mars, there are ways to experience artificial gravity without leaving Earth. Two projects—World View and Orion Span—are looking into commercial options that would allow passengers to travel up to 30 miles above sea level in order to obtain an artificial gravity effect. World View plans on offering short trips inside its high-altitude balloon capsules, which ride along with helium and oxygen; Orion Span’s vehicle will circle high above Earth’s surface on a near 24/7 loop. For now, neither project has scheduled any launches, but we have a feeling space enthusiasts won’t mind waiting a few years longer. After all, who needs artificial gravity if you can just head off to outer space?
It may be a few years until you’re able to hop on a commercial spaceship for an artificial gravity experience, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit around waiting. A much cheaper alternative is to visit a local planetarium or science museum, where you can get a feel for different levels of gravity without ever leaving Earth. In addition, there are plenty of home remedies and tricks—such as jumping and dancing while standing on a mattress—that can help simulate weightlessness. Regardless of what your budget looks like, if you love space travel and want to experience some degree of weightlessness in your life, then read on; we’ve got ways to take your zero-gravity experiences from one dimension all the way up to three.
Some people dream of going to space, but if that’s not in your budget or on your radar, you can still feel a bit like an astronaut by following these two simple steps: 1. Go underwater. When you go scuba diving or snorkelling and hold your breath, every effort brings you closer to experiencing zero gravity. The longer you’re able to stay underwater without taking a breath, the closer you get to feeling weightless—though it won’t be an actual sensation since you still have all that added pressure pushing down on your body. However, if money is no object, then head over to CERN in Switzerland and check out its swimming pool, which sits nearly 330 feet underground.
SpaceX is still hard at work on finalizing their first rocket since then, called BFR. However, with funding from customers like NASA and trips to places like Mars becoming a reality in SpaceX’s near future it would be no surprise if SpaceX is already working on making artificial gravity in space reality as well. As soon as more details are available on how artificial gravity will work we will let you know but until then buckle up and enjoy space travel as we currently know it. Welcome to humanity’s next step in exploring our solar system and beyond. Only time will tell where we’ll go next? All of Space? The Moon or Mars? Or even back to Venus or Mercury? It looks like only time will tell us that.
What is SpaceX doing with Starship? The final version of SpaceX’s newest rocket called BFR or Big Falcon Rocket will have a completely new design. The original design of BFR was smaller than Starship but will be used to launch satellites into orbit from SpaceX’s famous Launch Pad 39A.
Research and References SpaceX’s launch Pad 39A is at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The pad was used to launch NASA’s space shuttles, as well as many other rockets. The first launch from Pad 39A was in 1967 with a Saturn 1B rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo 4 spacecraft.
This will be SpaceX’s second launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SpaceX leases Launch Pad 39A from NASA through a Space Act Agreement. In 2017, SpaceX leased Launch Pad 39A from NASA through a Space Act Agreement for 20 years. What else is SpaceX doing? You might be wondering, where does that leave Star Ship? Well, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk have said that BFR will eventually replace Starship and Falcon 9. In fact, he’s already building a new facility at Port of Los Angeles to build BFR.