SpaceX was planning to modify Falcon 9 for better reusability of the rocket, but Elon Musk announced that they are now dropping the plan completely and will now tweak the epic Big Falcon Rocket to accelerate it, and probably use it for taking us to Mars.
Elon Musk led SpaceX is one of the few privately owned aerospace research organization widely popular for their space exploration and remarkable research in space. One of their most well-known rocket is the benchmark heavy duty Falcon 9, which was used to launch the “Starman” into space in February 2018. So the plan was to upgrade the Falcon 9 for a better re-usability, SpaceX decided to drop the plan completely, according to the tweet of Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors.
He tweeted on Saturday:
Btw, SpaceX is no longer planning to upgrade Falcon 9 second stage for reusability. Accelerating BFR instead. New design is very exciting! Delightfully counter-intuitive.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 17, 2018
So SpaceX actually wants to accelerate Big Falcon Rocket instead of upgrading the Falcon 9. They will only carry out minor tweaks and improve reliability only instead of a full upgrade and all these will be provided by NASA and US Air Force. The focus is shifted on accelerating BFR (Big Falcon Machine) as it is designed to take humans to Mars and supply the basic supplies to Mars. And not just that, the success of BFR will help in cutting overall travel time within Earth, which makes the new design of BFR so very exciting and futuristic.
According to SpaceX, the new design of BFR is fully reusable and aimed to work in orbits of Earth, Moon as well as Mars. Once successful, the new two-stage Big Falcon Machine consisting of a booster and a spaceship will eventually replace the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and the Dragon Spacecraft. And the first Big Falcon Rocket launch will carry its first passenger Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire in 2023 and fly around the Moon.