SpaceX Discussion Thread in Science & Spaceflight Posted Saturday at 06:00 PM 3 hours ago, magnemoe said: Not much an fan of the whale mouth hatch. Prefer an side opening hatch. First the mouth make integrating payload harder as in how do you do it? You need to either remove the hatch or get payload above the starship and then tread it between nose and hatch and down to the adapter in the bottom. It also limit deployment and will not work if you land on an surface. I also say it would make moving stuff between an cargo starship and an moonship cargo version harder. As I understand satellite deployment with starship will be that you put your satellite in an container and the container will be opened in space an the satellite is released. With the wale mouth its hard to release other direction than straight up after you tilted the container to clear the nose. With an side door you can easier release multiple satellites. Agreed, the whale mouth is a bit odd. Trans-shipping of cargo in space is also something they'll need to consider.