Starship stacking produces world’s tallest rocket
Earlier this month, SpaceX briefly stacked its latest Starship prototype on top of a Super Heavy rocket booster. The exercise gave us a glimpse of the scale of what’s now being called the world’s tallest rocket, taller than the giant Saturn V rockets that propelled the Apollo astronauts to the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Engineers performed the stacking test on August 6, 2021, at the private company’s Starbase facility in South Texas.
Elon Musk – SpaceX founder and CEO – said on Twitter it was his “dream come true” to see the vehicle stacked for launch. And the process – and fully stacked rockets – are impressive, as you can see in the video above.
The Starship stacked on August 6 was SpaceX’s SN20 (Serial Number 20) prototype. By itself, it measures around 160 feet (49 m) tall. The Super Heavy booster to which Starship was secured – known as Booster 4 – by itself stands at 230 feet (70 m) tall. Together, they soar a towering 390 feet (120 m) into the sky. For comparison, NASA’s Saturn V rocket stood 363 feet (111 m) tall. And if ...