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SpaceX render shows changes to Starship Super Heavy rocket

By Derek Wise

September 7, 2021

SpaceX is known for their rapid pace of development.  Often new changes are announced, of all places, on Elon Musk's Twitter.

Earlier today at the Satellite 2021 conference a new SpaceX  render of Starship  was revealed.

The first major change is the removal of the Flap and Landing legs from the base of the Super Heavy Booster.

The booster will instead by caught by the launch tower, making the landing legs unnecessary.

This new render also show  smaller flaps and windows on Starship.

The gridfins on the new render are also fixed in place and square, rather than the folding hexagonal shape.

This reflects the gridfins we see on SpaceX's Super Heavy Booster 4 at the Starship launch site.

While we need to keep in mind that this is still an artist rendering, and things  change quickly at SpaceX, it is  nice to get an updated  look at the future  for Starship.