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Elon Musk Reveals INSANE New SpaceX Telescope: When Elon Musk sees an opportunity, he grabs it with both hands, and now, the cool, calm, and collected billionaire has entered a new arena, Space Telescopes. Is it time for SpaceX to begin scanning the night sky for new worlds, new galaxies, or even other life forms?
You see, in a recent tweet on July 7th, Musk said that the starship rocket could be used to host a giant telescope that would have 10 times the resolution power of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
This is no joke. The Hubble Telescope is one of NASA’s greatest achievements and is operational to this day. Musk must be extremely confident that the starship could be used to revolutionize astronomical observations because he’s been discussing it with the Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist.
Elon Musk’s latest comments on turning the SpaceX starship rocket into a structure that will harbor a giant telescope add to the growing list of functions that the starship could potentially carry out once it’s successfully launched
As it stands, the starship is planned to ferry astronauts to the moon, clean up any space junk or debris left behind as well as help establish a human colony on Mars but it’s clear that this is just a beginning.
In fact, Elon Musk has mentioned on several occasions that he plans to carry out all of these plans with the starship before twenty 30. He also has hopes that the starship will be self-sustaining. Honestly, what more Q asks for in a ship that will allow humans to be multi-planetary.
Whether every single one of these plans will be successfully executed or not is anyone’s guess but it’s no secret that SpaceX is working around the clock to make this happen.
There might be setbacks along the way, perhaps a couple of exploding starship prototypes here and there but SpaceX is determined and they never give up. Only a few months ago, they launched the first starship prototype SN eleven.
Unfortunately, it exploded just before landing but in May, the company launched the Starship SN 15, which did execute a successful landing. You see, all these experimental launches are being carried out with the idea that SpaceX’s next-generation launch vehicle, Starship, will serve as a multi-purpose spacecraft.
The aerospace company aims to develop different variants of the starship to achieve these goals. For example, missions to Mars will require the starship to have a stainless steel design and have a carrying capacity of up to 100 passengers as well as the ability to a hundred tons of cargo to the red planet.
Once these starships land on the planet, they could then be modified to construct Mars-based Alpha which will be the first living quarters for Martian settlers.
Another version of the starship could be lunar optimized permissions to the moon. So, it’s no surprise that Nasa recently awarded SpaceX with a contract to design a starship human landing system that will be capable of transporting Artemis astronauts to the moon by twenty twenty-4.
Oh, and let’s not forget that SpaceX is designing another starship variant that will have the ability to transport more than 1, 000 passengers at hypersonic speeds practically anywhere on earth in under one hour, and last but not least, one final variant of the starship will be geared towards deploying gigantic satellite constellations as well as collecting space debris from any planet it visits. Let’s face it.
Once a starship becomes operational, it will be the most powerful rocket on the planet with the largest payload capacity compared to any other commercial rocket currently in operation. It’s almost guaranteed to leave the Hubble Telescope in the dust.
The telescope will also have the ability to move super close to both near and far planets. Something that even some advanced space observatories have never done before. After all, this telescope will be hosted by a starship and will therefore have the capability to move in any direction at once.
This modified Starship Telescope will also have enough power to generate a beam of data back to SpaceX’s mission control so that researchers can capture images in real-time but this isn’t the only telescope that’s planned to launch in the future and it’s not even the only one that SpaceX is directly involved with.
Nasa recently awarded SpaceX an additional cargo contract to construct and launch the Sphere X Space Telescope. This Telescope scope will be tasked with scanning the entire sky for groundbreaking observations over a span of two years.
However, it’s not going to be operational until 20 twenty4. In fact, Sphere X will be part of NASA’s medium-class explorer’s program that includes several missions starting all the way back from the early nineteen nineties.
The new telescope will be designed to map the sky in infrared to make amazing discoveries that are undetectable to the human eye.
According to reports, the total cost of launching sphere X will cost about 9eight point eight million. It will be able to gather data on over 3 00 million galaxies and over 100 million stars in the Milky Way.
Thanks to its state-of-the-art Spectra photometer and then there’s Nasa’s famous James Web Telescope which is on its way hopefully later this year. This absurdly expensive project will be 100 times more powerful than Hubble.
It’s been in development since 1996 and was originally planned for a 2007 launch, but there have been various problems along the way. There was even a possibility the project would be stopped entirely in twenty eleven.
After all these years, the final budget plan is a whopping $10 billion dollars. So it’s most likely a little bit more expensive than the SpaceX Telescope. One of the goals of the James Web Space Telescope is to study the first stars and galaxies that formed after the Big Bang.
In other words, it will observe the edge of the observable universe. Another one of its goals is to study the origins of life itself. It doesn’t really get much more important than that. Only time will tell what kinds of discoveries these telescopes will make.
The news of a proposed starship telescope comes as Nasa’s aging Hubble Space Telescope stopped its scientific investigations in June due to a software glitch. The software glitch in question was connected to the payload computer on the telescope itself.
According to reports, the computer on the telescope stopped working on June 13th due to a degrading memory module on the payload computer. The team then switched to one of several backup modules that enabled the computer to run for about 24 hours in order to determine whether the problem had been solved or not.
The main function of the payload computer on the Hubble Space Telescope is to coordinate and control the scientific instruments that are present on the spacecraft itself.
As soon as the disruption occurred on June 13th, the main computer stopped receiving a keep-alive signal which is the standard communication between the payload and the main spacecraft computers to indicate that everything is going according to plan.
The primary computer then automatically puts everything in a safe mode. Once alerted, control center personnel at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland worked to restart the payload but the problem persisted.
You see, the payload computer is a NASA standard spacecraft computer one system that was constructed in the late nineteen eighties. It was a fundamental part of the science instrument command and data handling module which was replaced during the last astronaut servicing mission carried out in two thousand nine.
The module has different levels of redundancy which can be switched on to service the main system when required. That being said, engineers at NASA’s operations unit continue to run tests and collect more information on the system in an attempt to isolate the problem.
Unfortunately, a series of attempts to initiate the backup memory module failed completely and the team had to go back to the drawing board to diagnose what the underlying issue was.
The sign instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope will return to operational status with the collection of scientific data now resuming. Despite its age and gradual decline, the Nasa space Hubble Telescope is one of the most iconic technologies of the twentieth century.
It has given us a wonderful insight into the vastness of space and all it has to offer over the past 30 years. NASA even predicts that the Hubble will continue to be operational for a few more years and will continue to make groundbreaking observations that will undoubtedly improve our knowledge and understanding of the cosmos.
First launched in 1990. Hubble has made more than 1. 5 million observations of the universe with more than 13, 000 scientific papers published on the data that’s been recorded. Some of its most notable discoveries include discovering that galaxies evolved with time.
Monitoring the accelerating expansion of the universe and it’s even helped us carry out the first atmospheric studies of planets beyond our solar system. If Hubble can do all of this despite being over 30 years old then just what will future telescopes be able to do.
And with that being said we’ve come to the end of the post. Clearly, the is astronomically bright when it comes to Space Telescopes and SpaceX is only going to add to that brightness with their latest adventure but it’s difficult to see whether they’ll be able to pull it off soon.
Let us know in the comment section what you personally think about Musk’s proposed Starship Telescope.