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Elon Musk’s Starship Launch Delayed Due to Technical Issue 23 APRIL 2023

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Elon Musk's Starship

Elon Musk’s Starships SpaceX company has been working on the most important rocket, called Starship, which was set to launch from Boca Chica, Texas on Monday. However, the launch had to be postponed due to a problem caused by a frozen “pressurant stopcock,” according to Musk’s Twitter. The launch is now expected to take place later this week.

Elon Musk’s Starship

Elon Musk’s Starship is an enormous rocket, standing nearly 120 meters (400 feet) tall and having almost double the thrust of any rocket ever built. Musk hopes that Starship will revolutionize the rocket industry by being completely and quickly reusable, allowing for interplanetary travel for ordinary people. Thousands of people gathered on the Gulf of Mexico to witness the event.

Before the launch was postponed, Musk had urged everyone to manage their expectations and be aware that it is not uncommon for a rocket to fail on its first attempt. He explained that Starship is a complicated and gigantic rocket, and if anything seems concerning, they will delay the launch.

Assuming the launch goes ahead as planned, Super Heavy, the lower stage of the rocket, will deliver nearly 70 meganewtons of force, equivalent to the force needed to propel almost 100 Concorde supersonic airliners at takeoff. If all goes well, Starship will separate into two halves, with the boat section traveling over the Caribbean and cruising through space more than 100 km (62 miles) above the Earth’s surface.

Elon Musk’s Starship The Super Heavy supporter will attempt to fly back to near the Texan coast and come down vertically, while the boat section is aimed at re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere after completing nearly a full revolution of the Earth, coming down in the Pacific north of the Hawaiian islands. SpaceX expects both the supporter and the boat to make controlled landings so they can be refueled and relaunched.

Elon Musk's Starship

Elon Musk’s Starship

NASA, which has given SpaceX nearly $3 billion to develop a variant of Starship that’s planned to land astronauts on the Moon, is one of the most interested observers. Elon Musk envisions Starship as potentially capable of bringing people to Mars on a large scale. However, the rocket is a delicate and risky endeavor, as nothing has been built anywhere near this big, making it both a potential benefit and a potential threat.

The postponement of the launch is a reminder of the challenges involved in building such an enormous and complicated rocket. Musk has been open about the risks involved in the project, but also optimistic about its potential benefits. SpaceX has already tested Starship preliminarily on short hops, but this would have been the first time it would have gone up with its lower stage, called Super Heavy.

The delay will give the SpaceX team more time to address any potential issues and ensure that the launch goes as smoothly as possible. If successful, the launch will mark a significant milestone in space exploration and could pave the way for further advancements in interplanetary travel.

By Jonathan Amos

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