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posted by janrinok on Sunday October 27 2019, @07:21AM   Printer-friendly
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SpaceX wants to land Starship on the Moon before 2022, then do cargo runs for 2024 human landing – TechCrunch

Speaking at a quick series of interviews with commercial space company’s at this year’s annual International Astronautical Congress, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell shed a little more light on her company’s current thinking with regards to the mission timelines for its forthcoming Starship spacefaring vehicle. Starship, currently in parallel development at SpaceX’s South Texas and Florida facilities, is intended to be an all-purpose successor to, and replacement for, both Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, with a higher payload capacity and the ability to reach the Moon and eventually Mars.

“Aspirationally, we want to get Starship to orbit within a year,” Shotwell said. “We definitely want to land it on the Moon before 2022. We want to […] stage cargo there to make sure that there are resources for the folks that ultimately land on the moon by 2024, if things go well, so that’s the aspirational timeframe.”

That’s an ambitious timeline, and as Shotwell herself repeatedly stated, these are “aspirational” timelines. In the space industry, as well as in tech, it’s not uncommon for leadership to set aggressive schedules in order to drive the teams working on projects to work at the limits of what’s actually possible. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is also known for working to timelines that often don’t match up with reality, and Shotwell alluded to Musk’s ambitious goal setting as a virtue in another part of her on-stage interview at IAC.

“Elon puts out these incredibly audacious goals and people say ‘You’re not going to do it, you’ll never get to orbit, you’ll never get a real rocket to orbit, […] you’ll never get Heavy to orbit, you’ll never get Dragon to the station, you’ll never get Dragon back, and you’ll never land a rocket,'” she said. “So, frankly, I love when people say we can’t do it, because it motivates my fantastic 6,500 employees to go do that thing.”


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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 27 2019, @12:46PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 27 2019, @12:46PM (#912399)

    Did Neil Armstrong require cargo before he landed? Fucking millennial astronauts.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Sunday October 27 2019, @01:04PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Sunday October 27 2019, @01:04PM (#912400) Journal

    Landing date July 20, 1969, 20:17:40 UTC
    Return launch July 21, 1969, 17:54:00 UTC

    That absolute coward Neil Armstrong didn't even spend a full day on the Moon.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday October 27 2019, @02:54PM (1 child)

    Bleh, all Armstrong did was put the first foot on it. Aldrin was the first to pee on it, which by natural law means it belongs to him.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 27 2019, @05:45PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 27 2019, @05:45PM (#912473)

      So, in a roundabout way, you are saying the world belongs to the beer drinkers?

      I'll gladly drink to that! *tips frosty mug of amber goodness* Ahh!

      rts008