SpaceX's Super Heavy Booster is currently a "full and rapid" reusable rocket from the company, but cannot secure high payloads as of the moment as it is not "fully and rapidly reusable." And yes, these two have differences according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, as he explained the rocket booster's design.
The Starship is nearing its full-stack flight, after initially announcing that it would have the launch at 4/20 and the rocket standing at 69 meters tall. Despite the meme numbers, Musk said that these are purely coincidental, as he did not intend for this to happen.
SpaceX Super Heavy: Full and Rapid vs. Fully and Rapidly
On Twitter, the tech CEO has explained that the design of SpaceX's Super Heavy Booster rockets is unique and special to the company.
What makes it so? Its full and rapid reusability feature has been a trademark of the company, saving a lot on its flights and getting to promote space sustainability.
But, much more important, is that this *design* is capable of full & rapid reusability.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2021
Long way to go from design to making it actually fully & rapidly reusable with high payload, but at least success is *one* of the possible outcomes haha.
Musk replied to a Twitter fan who has shots of SpaceX's Starship and Super Heavy Booster rocket that have been firing off their Raptor engines. Here, the CEO said that its current design is that of "full and rapid" reusable, which already brings a lot to the table.
However, it is not quite the best version of itself, as it can improve more with "fully and rapidly reusable" features.
It might be confusing at first, especially as the only difference the two phrases have is the suffix of "-ly" and might not mean anything. But to Musk and SpaceX, it does.
When will SpaceX Have the Fully and Rapidly Reusability Feature?
The CEO billionaire said that it is a "long way to go" before the company achieves the fully and rapidly reusable feature, which would be capable to deliver high payloads within the company.
There were no specific timelines or dates which the tech mogul mentioned, but it would likely come sometime after the prototype's early launches.
Musk also failed to mention when the full-stack flight of SpaceX's Mars spacecraft would be, as for now, it remains unclear when the next static fire or test launch would be held.
Elon Musk's Mars Mission with SpaceX
The SpaceX CEO has expressed his views on Mars clearly, and his aims to make humanity a "multi planetary species," with Mars as its next colony. SpaceX would be at the center of this venture, especially as the Mars mission would focus on bringing payloads to the neighboring planet.
These payloads may either be the equipment the company would use to establish colonies or humans aboard the Starship.
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Written by Isaiah Richard
Editor's note: In the previous version of this story, we used an image posted by u/The_KSP_Maniac on Reddit in March. That image, however, was intended as a meme for the Reddit community. We have updated the image to avoid confusion among our readers.