SpaceX Super Heavy Booster has "Plumbing" on its Raptor Engine assembly, but it is not the traditional "plumbing" that you are thinking of. It is more of a reference to the design it has, and Elon Musk has explained why it was called and designed that way. The CEO and his space company have been showcasing a lot of the Super Heavy, as it nears completion.
The Super Heavy was already standing before, and it has already made its static fire test and has just finished its assembly for its Orbital Launch Tower which would also catch it. However, it was said that the Starship's launch tower was still "unapproved" by the FAA.
Yes, SpaceX Super Heavy has Plumbing
When we talk about plumbing, it consists of pipes, routing, and waterways. However, remove the water from the equation as it does not power engines at the moment, and think about how tubes or pipes can benefit something like this.
And that’s just the primary fuel lines! The maze of secondary plumbing & wiring is our greatest concern.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 29, 2021
Musk has initially tweeted a photo of Super Heavy's underside which is the engine assembly, where numerous members of the team are working on each of its plumbing.
What people see in the photo is only the "primary plumbing" of its fuel lines, but the secondary one and its wiring are a whole different story as it is its "greatest concern."
What Does Plumbing Contribute to the Super Heavy?
SpaceX's Super Heavy plumbing is more of where the fuel will pass through, from its tank somewhere above the engine assembly, down to the Raptor Engines below. This will help in generating thrust force and propel both the Super Heavy and the Starship off the planet.
The plumbing on SpaceX's Super Heavy is more of its internal guide that would connect the fuel tank to its engines, much like when a car's fuel lines are connected to the engine.
It is an important design and element on SpaceX's assembly of the rocket as without a meticulous approach, it could result in an explosion or for the engine not to power up or fly.
Raptor V2.0 Engines
Raptor V2.0 is a major improvement in simplication, while also increasing thrust from ~185 tons to ~230 tons. Long-term goal is engine cost below $1000/ton of thrust.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 29, 2021
It was implied that the Raptor V2.0 engines would be the ones to be included on Super Heavy's engine setup, especially as it is the most advanced innovation of the company. The CEO said that this engine has improved from its capability to produce 185 tons of thrust to 230.
The next goal of SpaceX is to lower the engine costs down to as much as $1,000 per ton of thrust, which would still price its engine's performance alone at $230,000.
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Written by Isaiah Richard