Shares. Next up, we have the Saturn V that could send 48.6 tonnes to the Moon. SpaceX's Mars rocket may be millions of pounds heavier and dozens of feet taller than the Apollo-era Saturn V, which sent astronauts to the moon. The Saturn V deserves credit, where credit is due. Total booster thrust would have been approximately 130 MN (29,000,000 lbf), several times the 36 MN (8,000,000 lbf) thrust of the Saturn V Moon mission launch vehicle. The upper stage will have a lot of windows. The upgrade 1B version should put 43 tonnes into TLI. But right now SpaceX is building even more powerful rocket for Mars - Starship.
Yes, NASA's New Megarocket Will Be More Powerful Than the Saturn V. By Mike Wall 16 August 2016. Just remember that the Saturn V actually existed/flew (in th 1960s) successfully, something starship has yet to do. Jan 13, 2019 - Comparison of the full stack Starship + Super Heavy, the most powerful rocket ever built - Saturn V - and today's workhorse of SpaceX - Falcon 9; made by Finnish 3D artist Kimi Talvitie. A prototype to test VTOL operations with the new engines is being built outdoors. The internal fuel tanks probably are about the size of the New Glenn. Here is a poster by Gravitation Innovation with Saturn V and SpaceX Starship at launch pad. Of course, the hopper won't carry that much fuel for hop tests.
Saturn V vs SLS. Today 50 years ago the most powerful rocket ever built - Saturn V - launched first astronauts to set foot on the Moon. I love how everyone is so quick to rib on the Saturn V, and say how cool starship is. The estimated cost of a Saturn V launch in today's dollars is a whopping US$1.16 billion. The BFR is a planned system of two stages, both reusable. You might ask how can a more powerful rocket only get half the payload to the moon as the Saturn V? Then SLS Block 1, which can take 27 tonnes to TLI. They aren't wrong about starship, its gonna be cool. Artist's illustration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on the pad. But where the Falcon Heavy comes out ahead is in economy. What I'm getting out of this is that we're looking at a hopper that is about the same size as the second stage of the Saturn V. Which wasn't exactly tiny. The design engine configuration included 21 engines in an outer ring and 14 in an inner ring, with these 35 engines fixed in place.