Musk shows off “Mechazilla” — Action News Now

The huge launch tower mechanism is designed to recover super-heavy rockets and interstellar ships

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk welcomed the progress made in testing robotic mechanisms at the SpaceX launch pad in southern Texas, which is designed to capture returning rockets and spacecraft.

“Super Heavy” is a dedicated launch vehicle for “Interplanetary Spacecraft,” a spacecraft designed by SpaceX for ultimate missions to the Moon and Mars. The launch system is designed to transport crews and large cargo to deep space cheaper than ever, partly because both of its elements can be fully restored.

In a Twitter post on Sunday, Musk showed a huge robotic mechanism that is expected to allow rockets and spacecraft to be captured in mid-air when they return home. The launch/capture tower is called “Mechazilla” by space entrepreneurs and is currently being tested at SpaceX’s Boca Chica base in Texas.

In August last year, Musk replied on Twitter with a 3D animation about how the 134-meter (440-foot) tall “robotic chopstick” arm works with super-heavy rockets. He said it was “pretty close.” Engineer already test And since the beginning of January, it began to calibrate its hydraulic actuators and other equipment.

The first orbital test flight of the Transplanetary Launch System is expected to take place in January or February, but due to the continuous evaluation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it has been postponed until at least March.

However, the flight plan does not include the recovery of the super-heavy B4 or Starship S20. They plan to splash down in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific after completing part of the test mission.

SpaceX is known for introducing cost-reducing reusability features into its weaker launch system, most notably the periodic restoration of the first phase of Falcon 9. However, the method the company is using now involves landing the used boosters on robotic floating platforms or landing pads instead of grabbing them with arms in flight.

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