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Military considering using Starship for point-to-point transportaion

Capitalism in space: The U.S. military has begun a study in partnership with SpaceX on whether it will be possible to use Starship as a cargo ship for moving large shipments from point-to-point on the Earth.

Army Gen. Stephen Lyons, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, announced the agreement Oct. 7 at a National Defense Transportation Association virtual conference. “Think about moving the equivalent of a C-17 payload anywhere on the globe in less than an hour,” Lyons said. The C-17 is a very large military cargo plane capable of transporting a 70-ton main battle tank.

Makes sense. This decision also suggests the military is impressed with SpaceX’s progress on Starship, and has also largely abandoned its earlier skepticism of the company.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • David K

    If there will ever be space marines, this is exactly what it will look like. If you can move assets to anywhere on earth in less than an hour, that can save lives.

  • Doubting Thomas

    When I read this entry, I got my battered copy of Frontiers of Space by Bono and Gatland (1969) down off the shelf and went to the color pictures on pages 80 & 81. These pages showed troops disembarking from the Boeing “Ithacus Intercontinental Troop Transport” which appeared to be a version of the “Pegasus Intercontinental Passenger Rocket”. The pictures even included potential sea launch of these space transports. These giant things used an enormous isoentropic expansion plug nozzle and LOX/LH2 fuel but………close enough!!!

    I’m glad that my youthful fascinations may come true before I die. Hurry up Elon, my clocks ticking !!!!!

  • Michael G. Gallagher

    Definitely for rear areas only. You don’t want a jihadi to take down a Starship with MANPAD.

  • Jeff Wright

    Medaris smiles.
    Now, a modified Starship, like the pre-Buran MTVKVA concept might allow things to be rolled out with chutes and side landing.

    Or ditch the cargo with chutes with Starship itself hitting the enemy.


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