SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy (BFR)
Starship and Super Heavy
In 2012, SpaceX began developing a massive and fully reusable 2-stage rocket capable of transporting humans to Mars and beyond. After several years of major design changes and improvements, Elon Musk introduced the world to the Starship and Super Heavy (formerly known as BFR) in 2018. At 118 m (387 ft.) tall, this SpaceX rocket is classified as a super heavy-lift launch vehicle capable of carrying over 100,000 kg (~87 million 2x2 LEGO bricks) to low Earth orbit. Starship and Super Heavy is destined to be the largest and most powerful rocket ever.
The first stage booster (Super Heavy) consists of 31 Raptor engines that produce 13.9 million pounds of force. After delivering the second stage (Starship) to its intended altitude above the Earth, it separates and touches down at a launch/landing pad. Meanwhile, Starship—using its 7 Raptor engines—continues to transport passengers and/or cargo to Earth orbit, the ISS, or another terrestrial body.
Starship and Super Heavy is currently under construction with "Starhopper" test flights scheduled for March/April of this year (2019). The first orbital launch is planned for 2020; cargo trips to Mars in 2022; lunar circumnavigation in 2023; and human trips to Mars in 2024. You can learn more about the Starship and Super Heavy here.
Our LEGO Model
On July 3, 2018, brothers haymaw99 and khehmeyer, creator of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, began designing and constructing a MOC of Starship and Super Heavy (known at the time as BFR). Over these past months we encountered several design challenges as SpaceX continued to update the look of their launch vehicle. But now that the rocket is transitioning from development to production, we are excited to share our LEGO model with you!
Our build contains ~2,316 LEGO pieces and towers at 45" tall. This puts its scale at 1:103. Like the actual Starship and Super Heavy, the two stages can separate, Super Heavy's grid fins move, Starship's fins actuate, and Starship’s 7 engines can be swapped out between a sea-level or vacuum configuration. Our model’s multiplex interior is designed to keep the building experience fresh and exciting while mimicking the actual interior of SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy rocket. Also included with our proposal are two horizontal display stands and one vertical display launch pad.
Although Starship's current design is said to be its final iteration, if any further aesthetic changes are made to the rocket, we will do the same to our LEGO model and post them under the "Updates" tab above. We may also update our proposal with more accessories and recommendations from our supporters. If you would like to see LEGO turn this project into an official set, please click the “Support” button above. You can then help us reach even more supporters by sharing this project on your social media accounts. We would also love it if you left us some feedback under the "Comments" tab. We appreciate all our supporters and will be sure to respond.
Finally, we would like to invite you to join us at our LEGO SpaceX Facebook page where we will be sharing many additional photos and videos of our build, and discussing news articles on the Starship and Super Heavy rocket as they develop.
It’s an exciting time to be alive!
You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great – and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.
-Elon Musk, SpaceX