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SpaceX’s immense rocket, Starship, standing at nearly 400 feet and fueled by a ‘Super Heavy’ first stage with 33 Raptor engines stood aimed for orbit. People watched around the World.
The rocket then ascended from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, in its second launch attempt.
Elon Musk we know from not only SpaceX but Tesla, Starlink, X (Twitter) and now http://X.Ai’s, sees Starship as key to making space travel affordable and rapidly reusable, with aspirations of moon and Mars missions. The test aimed to launch from Texas, briefly enter space, then splash down near Hawaii, a complex sequence to complete.
After the initial attempt and remembering Falcon’s trials, engineers improved Starship’s safety features, including a beefed-up self-destruct system to handle deviations from the flight path, an issue from a previous flight in April.
During this flight, mission control lost contact in the final stages, triggering the automated flight termination system. The FAA later reported the loss of Starship as an “anomaly,” thankfully without causing injuries or property damage.
The Super Heavy booster used in this flight had substantial improvements, including an electrical mechanism for engine control. All 33 engines functioned impeccably throughout the flight.
SpaceX’s launchpad also saw upgrades, notably a water deluge system to prevent overheating, a measure typically seen at other launch sites. This system was effective, avoiding the previous test’s launchpad damages.
Starship is integral to SpaceX’s business plans, with Musk pouring $2 billion into its development in one year. NASA’s $4 billion investment in Starship for Artemis moon missions and its crucial role in upgrading the Starlink satellite system underscore its significance.
Time will tell if Musk and his team get it right but we at FP are betting on “absolutely!”
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