Monday, September 17, 2018

Official schematics for Big Falcon Rocket v2018 by Elon Musk, SpaceX

SpaceX Big Falcon Ship v2018 schematics
Today SpaceX CEO and lead designer Elon Musk provided an update of SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) design and announced the first BFR Lunar mission, orbiting the Moon in 2023.

Here are video, schematics and images from his presentation (open link in new tab to view image in full resolution). Animations of the Big Falcon Rocket from presentation HERE.



Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) and Big Falcon Ship/Spaceship (BFS) v2018 schematics:


SpaceX Big Falcon Ship v2018 schematicsSpaceX Big Falcon Rocket v2018 schematics

SpaceX Big Falcon Ship v2018 schematics - rearSpaceX Big Falcon Ship v2018 landing profile

SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket Lunar mission trajectoryInside SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket manyfacturing mandrel

Big Falcon Rocket launch:


SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) v2018 launchSpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) v2018 launch

Watch SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket update livestream here

The livestream will start on September 17, at 18:00 PT


Most recent design of SpaceX's Big Falcon Ship
Past evolution of the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) design:

SpaceX Big Falcon Ship passing International Space Station

The 2nd stage of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) - the Big Falcon Ship (BFS) - passing International Space Station (ISS) - a short clip from longer video by Hazegrayart.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mars Police illustrations by Matt Chinworth

Illustrations of Mars police's daily life by American illustrator Matt Chinworth for an article "How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars?" in The Atlantic. More of his illustrations here.

Mars Police field work illustration by Matt Chinworth

Mars Police training illustration by Matt Chinworth

Saturday, September 15, 2018

SpaceX ITS spaceship fleet on Mars by James Vaughan

Picture of the Day 15/9/2018 - SpaceX ITS (larger, 2016 version of Big Falcon Rocket) spaceship fleet on Mars by photographer and concept artist James Vaughan. More of his aerospace and defense concept art here.

SpaceX ITS spaceship fleet on Mars by James Vaughan

Friday, September 14, 2018

Official: updated design of SpaceX's Big Falcon Ship and big announcement on September 17

SpaceX has posted image featuring an updated design of the 2nd stage of Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) - the Big Falcon Ship (BFS) - and informed that on Monday, September 17 at 18:00 PT there will be an announcement of the first Lunar BFR mission with a private passenger flying around the Moon. Full message from SpaceX here:
"SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle - an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space. Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history. No one has visited since the last Apollo mission in 1972. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17 at 6pm PT."
Evolution of the BFR design:
With every iteration the SpaceX "Mars rocket" looks more and more like your stereotypical rocket from the 1950s :)

Close-up of the Big Falcon Ship from the official image:
SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship - 2018 design

... and the full image with BFS orbiting the Moon (open link in new tab to view in full resolution):
SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship orbiting the Moon

Unofficial diagram for the updated design by Reddit user forteefly (open link in new tab to view in full resolution):
SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceship - 2018 design - diagram

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Spaceport in large Mars cave by Connor Sheehan

Picture of the Day 9/9/2018 - Spaceport in a large Mars cave by British concept artist Connor Sheehan. More of his art here.
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Spaceport in large Mars cave by Connor Sheehan

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Olympus Mons erupting

Picture of the Day 6/9/2018 - Eruption of the Olympus Mons on Mars seen by an astronaut; created by Reddit user Jason251.
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Eruption of the Olympus Mons on Mars seen by an astronaut

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Retro Mars rover illustration by Jack Coggins

Picture of the Day 4/9/2018 - Retro Mars rover illustration by Jack Coggins from "Rockets, Satellites, and Space Travel" book (1958).

Retro Mars rover illustration by Jack Coggins

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Underground human base in Mars cave by Sefrina Arifin

Picture of the Day 2/9/2018 - Small underground human base in a Mars cave by Indonesian environment artist Sefrina Arifin.
More of his art here.
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Underground human base in Mars cave by Sefrina Arifin