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.