Starship is Still Not Understood

“Starship matters. It’s not just a really big rocket, like any other rocket on steroids. It’s a continuing and dedicated attempt to achieve the “Holy Grail” of rocketry, a fully and rapidly reusable orbital class rocket that can be mass manufactured. It is intended to enable a conveyor belt logistical capacity to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) comparable to the Berlin Airlift. That is, Starship is a powerful logistical system that puts launch below the API.

Starship is designed to be able to launch bulk cargo into LEO in >100 T chunks for <$10m per launch, and up to thousands of launches per year. By refilling in LEO, a fully loaded deep space Starship can transport >100 T of bulk cargo anywhere in the solar system, including the surface of the Moon or Mars, for <$100m per Starship. Starship is intended to be able to transport a million tonnes of cargo to the surface of Mars in just ten launch windows, in addition to serving other incidental destinations, such as maintaining the Starlink constellation or building a big base at the Lunar south pole.”

-Casey Handmer, “Starship is Still Not Understood.” October 28, 2021.

NASA Image and Video Library

You can browse NASA’s Image and Video Library online; you can also access it via NASA’s API. Through that interface, you can search by caption, keyword, location, photographer, year created, and other fields; in return, you get structured data on each media file. The library was launched two years ago, bringing together more than 140,000 images, videos, and audio files that had previously been spread across dozens of separate collections.