The launch of the world’s largest rocket was delayed due to a frozen valve

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SpaceX scrubs the test flight of Starship, the largest rocket in the world

A frozen valve forced the postponement on Monday of the first test flight of SpaceX’s Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, designed to send astronauts to the Moon, Mars and beyond. the scheduled launch due to a pressurization issue in the first stage booster, SpaceX said. The private space company continued the countdown in something called a “wet dress exercise,” stopping the clock with 10 seconds to go, just before the massive. engines on the booster were to be ignited. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said frozen valve pressure forced scrub the launch, which was planned for 8:20 Central Time (1320 GMT) from Starbase, the SpaceX spaceport in Boca Chica, Texas “D ‘learned a lot today, now unloading propellant, trying again in a few days,’ SpaceX tweeted. Musk said the inaugural flight would be delayed at least 48 hours to fuel the liquid methane and liquid oxygen. recycle the rocket. US space agency NASA has picked the Starship spacecraft to put astronauts on the Moon in late 2025 — a mission called Artemis III — for the first time since the Apollo program ended in 1972. Starship is a 164-foot ( 50 feet) meter) tall spacecraft designed to carry crew and cargo that sits atop a 230 foot tall Super Heavy first stage booster rocket. and the Super Heavy rocket was never flown together. The integrated test flight is intended to evaluate their performance together. Musk had warned before the launch that there would likely be delays. “This is the first launch of a huge complex rocket. ll be postponed.” – ‘Multiplanetary species’ – NASA will launch astronauts into lunar orbit in November 2024 using its own heavy rocket called the Space Launch System (SLS), which has been in development for more than a decade. both larger and more powerful than SLS and capable of lifting a payload of more than 100 metric tons into orbit. It generates 17 million pounds of thrust, more than twice that of the Saturn V rockets used to send the Apollo astronauts to the Moon.The plan is the integrated test flight will separate the Super Heavy booster from Starship about three minutes after it was launched and splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico. close circle of the Earth before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean about 90 minutes after launch. “If it gets into orbit, that’s a huge success,” Musk said. then I think that would succeed,” he said. “Don’t blow up the launchpad.” SpaceX plans to eventually put a starship into orbit, and then refuel it with another starship so it can continue on a journey to Mars or beyond. Musk said the goal is to make Starship reusable and bring the price down to a few million dollars per flight. “In the long run — meaning long term, I don’t know, two or three years — we should to achieve complete and rapid reusability,” he said. The ultimate goal is to establish bases on the Moon and Mars and put humans on the “path to becoming a multiplanetary civilization,” he said Musk. said. “That’s our goal. I think we have a chance.”la-cl/bgs

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