Jun 24, 2022 12:33 GMT
Standing some 145 meters tall and equipped with movable pincers, Mechazilla gets its name from an apparent combination of ‘mechanic’ and ‘Godzilla’.
The Mechazilla tower crane, designed by SpaceX to launch and recover its rockets, has lifted a Super Heavy rocket for the first time this Thursday, which serves as the first stage for the Starship ship.
The Super Heavy Booster 7equipped with 33 Raptor engines, was elevated to the orbital launch platform with the robotic arms of the crane and will undergo the first static fire tests at the Starbase (Texas) facilities.
Standing some 145 meters tall and equipped with movable pincers, Mechazilla owes its name to an apparent combination of ‘mechanic’ and ‘Godzilla’. Given the plans of Elon Musk’s company to travel to the Moon or to take his Starship to Mars, as well as to reuse the Super Heavy for later launches, the tower crane will minimize costs and the weight of the rocket, as well as save fuel during landing.
with Mechazilla there is no need to equip the rocket with landing legsas the structure places you on the launch pad for takeoff and then catches you on the last leg of the descent on your own.
It also provides more stability and control compared to previously used parachutes during landings, which can be affected by the wind, and will reduce the waiting time between launches to less than an hour.