Elon Musk talks about SpaceX’s plans to test ITS’ huge fuel tank at sea

Elon Musk talks about SpaceX’s plans to test ITS’ huge fuel tank at sea

During the course of a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' (AMA) session on Sunday, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk fielded questions related to his plan to build a metropolis on Mars in the coming decades.

The Reddit AMA session on Sunday was chiefly a follow up to Musk's magnum opus presentation given on September 27, at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Musk revealed during the Sunday AMA session that SpaceX has efforts underway for testing of the massive fuel tank of the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) at sea. Musk said that the ITS' huge fuel tank was kind of a proof of concept for one of the refillable fuel tanks which would potentially be used for  flying a spaceship in which up to 100 humans will be from earth to Mars, back and forth.

In addition, Musk also revealed that the tank will, in theory, be capable of holding "cryogenic propellant without leaking and without a sealing linker."

In response to a question related to the massive development tank which has already been built by SpaceX, Musk said that the early testing of the tank has been "promising," and added: "Will take it up to 2/3 of burst pressure on an ocean barge in the coming weeks."


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