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  • Meet the BFR, SpaceX's next big rocket
    The Falcon Heavy may be a remarkable rocket, particularly after its successful maiden launch this week, but SpaceX has something more impressive on the horizon: the BFR.

    The BFR, officially the 'Big Falcon Rocket', though at first the F stood for a much more crude word, will be a monster that SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk hopes will take humans to Mars. It will be composed of two stages: the booster and the ship. The ship's payload bay, where people and cargo go, will be eight storeys tall and the first BFR is now under construction.

    Musk said work on the BFR has progressed fairly rapidly and that it could be ready within the year. The challenge, he says is the ship. If the ship is to land on Mars, it is going to have to be capable of enduring many different atmospheric pressures. The ship will have cabins, a galley and an entertainment area. Musk said previously a Mars-ready BFR would have 40 cabins, with between two and six people in each.

    Another advantage to this new rocket will be its ability to refuel. To go to Mars, the BFR would launch with people. The booster would then return to Earth, take up another ship loaded with fuel, and rendezvous with the first ship. The farther you go, the more fuel you need. The more fuel you need, the more your rocket has to lift, and that increases costs substantially. The reloading potential allows SpaceX to keep the cost down.

    CBC News    February 08, 2018