The Starship launch was supposed to be a game changer in the space industry, with its ability to take humans and cargo to the Moon and Mars. However, the launch was postponed indefinitely at the last minute due to technical issues caused by the pressurant valve as reported by CNN.
The launch was scheduled to take place from Boca Chica in Texas, US, with the uncrewed rocket intended to complete nearly one circuit of the globe. In this blog post, I’ll explore the reasons behind the Starship’s failure and what it means for the future of SpaceX.
Why Did It Fail To Take Off?
Mr. Musk had cautioned that the launch might encounter issues. It’s not unusual for rockets to face some form of malfunction during their inaugural flight. He also said on a Twitter space, “it’s the first launch of a very complicated, gigantic rocket, so it might not launch. We’re going to be very careful, and if we see anything that gives us concern, we will postpone the launch.”
According to Daily Mail, the enormous 395-foot-tall rocket was scheduled to complete nearly one circuit of the globe while the booster propelled it into orbit. However, SpaceX had to cancel the launch due to problems with the pressurization system.
According to Musk, the CEO of SpaceX said on Twitter, a “pressurant valve appears to be frozen,” which was the reason for the launch delay. As a result, the launch will be postponed for a minimum of 48 hours (two days) before they can attempt again.
What’s Next For SpaceX And The Starship Rocket?
Despite the setback of the Starship launch, SpaceX remains committed to the development of the spacecraft. The company has invested billions of dollars in the development of the Starship, and it is unlikely that it will abandon the project. The company has a track record of overcoming technical challenges and delivering on its promises, and it is likely that it will do the same with the Starship.
If successful, the Starship will ascend using its 33 engines, burning for two minutes and 49 seconds. The rocket halves will separate, and the ship will continue with its own engines for an additional six minutes and 23 seconds, reaching over 100km above the planet, according to BBC.
The Super Heavy booster will attempt a vertical descent, hovering above the Gulf before toppling over and sinking. After a full circle, the ship will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere, protected by special tiles, and land in the Pacific Ocean around 90 minutes after lift-off.
In conclusion, the postponement of the Starship launch is a setback for SpaceX, but it is unlikely to derail the company’s plans for space exploration and commercial space travel. The technical issue is a reminder of the challenges of developing advanced spacecraft, but SpaceX has a track record of overcoming technical challenges and delivering on its promises.
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