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A 32-floor high super-rocket sat on the launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The American flag, NASA logo, and Space-X logo were printed on the side of the rocket, as well as the three large letters "BFR". Also, several Wall Street investment banks also had their logos printed on the rocket.
It took nearly a month for the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to assembly the entire rocket. It then took another week to finish the final launch preparations.
Now that the rocket was equipped with the life support system, all of the preparations were in place. It was finally time to begin the launch. Countless pairs of hopeful eyes were focused on this rocket. They had been waiting for this moment.
The ignition countdown began.
After the ten-second countdown, billowing smoke was seen from the launch platform.
The 42 Raptor engines consumed liquid oxygen and methane at an incredible rate. They provided an astonishing take-off thrust of 128 trillion Newtons across the entire spacecraft. It propelled the 100-meter-tall rocket slowly off the launch platform and toward the blue sky.
The engine roared like a giant monster.
This monster was called chemical propulsion.
It contained the worlds most advanced liquid oxygen methane propulsion technology. This monster once again displayed its strength to the world
Musk looked at the rocket through a telescope. He smirked and gave the telescope to his assistant. He looked at Director Carson, who was staring into the distance, and said, "I told you, theres nothing to worry about. We have the best aerospace research and development team in the world, and it is the most experienced team as well. We just have to wait for the teams good news from 60 million kilometers away."
"I hope its good news." Carson put down the telescope and asked, "What about the BFS spacecraft? Is it ready?"
If the life support system could be successfully deployed on Mars, then the three lucky volunteers would board the ship in June and begin the greatest expedition in human history.
The BFS spacecraft played an important role in the Ares program, which was to send astronauts to Mars safely.
Musk: "Were not going to use the BFS spacecraft."
Director Carson looked at Musk and said, "But in your PowerPoint, you said"
Musk waved his hand and said, "That thing has a 100-person capacity. Well use it for the last stage of the Ares program. We only need to send three astronauts. Well use a smaller, more reliable transportation method. Guess what its called?"
Carson: " What?"
"Heart of Gold!"
Carson paused for a second. He then responded, "Like in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?"
If he recalled correctly, the spaceship in the novel was called the Heart of Gold. However, the spaceship in the novel didnt use chemical propulsion. Instead, it used some kind of "Infinite Improbability Drive", which claimed to be able to reach any corner of the universe instantly.
"Thats right. Douglas Adams sci-fi masterpiece. It will be the first manned spacecraft to land on Mars!"
Director Carson smiled and shook his head.
" I think a more appropriate name will go down in history better."
Musk said, "History is written by people. When we succeed, the name wont matter."
While the two were talking, deafening cheers were heard nearby.
Standing there were people invited by NASA; people such as company representatives and reporters. Everyones face was full of nothing but excitement.
The BFR rocket carrying the life support system was heading toward Mars, which was more than 60 million kilometers away. If everything were to go according to plan, it should land on the surface of Mars in a month.
The reporters stood at their designated shooting location. They were excited to have finished taking photos of the rocket taking off. They held their cameras and left the launch site.
They couldnt wait to get back to their computers and start editing tomorrows headline.
The entire world would be astounded by Americas achievement
The news of the successful BFR launch reached headlines across the world.
According to NASAs report, the "Heart of Gold" spacecraft carrying the life support system had successfully reached the escape velocity, leaving the Earth-Moon system.
The United States had once again demonstrated to the world its ambitions and strengths in the aerospace field. Major newspapers, TV, and talk shows had also run relevant reports.
Because Space-X was one of the main protagonists in the Ares program, its stock price began to rise.
According to a financial trader who worked on Wall Street, not only did this launch plan bring in billions of dollars of revenue for Space-X, but it also brought tens of billions of market value growth for the US stock market.
The lithium-sulfur battery market and electric vehicle market was already expanding, and it wouldnt take long for Elon Musk to be one of the worlds top 10 richest people.
Because of the successful BFR rocket launch, the Chinese community began to debate on the lunar orbit space station.
A lot of people claimed that this billion-dollar project was destined to fail and that even if the project was successful, it was all for a show. They even claimed that the space station itself was useless.
Lu Zhou didnt pay attention to what people were saying. After he returned from Beijing, he kept himself very busy.
The most difficult part of constructing a space station in lunar orbit was sending the components to space.
So far, it seemed like Star Sky Technology was the only one that could handle these kinds of payloads.
Therefore, it was not an exaggeration to say that the success of this project was entirely dependent on Lu Zhou himself.
A lunar orbit engineering meeting was happening inside a conference room at the Jinling Institute for Advanced Study.
" If we want to complete the construction of the lunar space station, we have to deliver at least 500 tons of materials to lunar orbit," Lu Zhou said while looking at the projector screen. He tapped his pen on the table and said, "And this is just the first phase of the project. Theres at least another 2,000 tons of payload waiting for us. We have to increase our delivery capacity."
Because the lunar orbit space station was a highly valued project of the Communist Party of China, it was easy for Lu Zhou to receive funding. Plenty of banks were happy to give out loans.
Even though the project hadnt even begun, Lu Zhou already received a 50 billion yuan loan from a major bank. Part of the money would be used for the construction of the new Skyglow aerospaceplane. The rest of the money would be used for research and development of space transportation vehicles.
Lu Zhou paused for a second and said, "I think we can create a special spacecraft, designed to specifically travel between the Earth-Moon transfer orbit and the geosynchronous orbit."
Quiet chatters were heard in the conference room.
The idea of building a spacecraft specifically designed to travel between the geosynchronous orbit and the Earth-Moon transfer orbit was so novel that many experts had no idea that this was possible.
Hou Guangs eyebrows furrowed, and he contemplated for a second before asking, "So what youre saying is Use Skyglow to complete the ground to the geosynchronous orbit, and then use the other spacecraft to go from the geosynchronous orbit to the Earth-Moon orbit?"
Lu Zhou nodded and said, "Correct."
Hou Guang said, "In theory, this is possible. However, transferring cargo like that might be risky."
Lu Zhou smiled and said, "Aerospace itself is risky. Every flight is an adventure. If we do this, not only will our moon delivery capacity increase substantially, but we can even outsource the surface to geosynchronous launch to other aerospace companies. This will cut our costs."
After hearing Lu Zhous thoughts, Hou Guang went silent. After a while, he finally spoke.
"Ill do some research. Ill give you a detailed report by tomorrow night."
Lu Zhou nodded his head solemnly.
"Ok, thank you."
This kind of decision couldnt be made during meetings. He was just brainstorming. The experts in charge had to do the real work.
Hou Guang didnt try to reject Lu Zhous idea. He even expressed that it was theoretically possible. He thought that the pros and cons were debatable, but at least, they were enough to make Lu Zhou feel intrigued.
The meeting lasted until noon.
After the meeting ended, Lu Zhou went to the Jinling Institute for Advanced Study cafeteria. He was looking for a seat to enjoy his barbecue meat and rice when he suddenly received a phone call.
When he saw that Director Li was the one calling, he answered the call, "Hello, whats up?"
Director Li replied in a serious tone, "The Americans launched their BFR rocket!"