All set for second launch attempt of SpaceX’s Starship: Musk

20 April, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma

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Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, stated on Thursday that all systems are prepared for the Starship rocket's second launch attempt.

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, stated on Thursday that all systems are prepared for the Starship rocket’s second launch attempt.

“All systems currently green for launch,” Musk wrote in a tweet on Thursday. Recently, the first launch of SpaceX’s Starship was called off at the last minute on Monday after a pressurization issue arose in the first stage, reported CNN.

The largest rocket ever built will not launch as planned because engineers were unable to quickly address a pressurisation problem with the huge Super Heavy booster.

A pressurisation problem with the enormous Super Heavy rocket was being investigated by engineers. However, they were unable to resolve the issue in time, and today’s launch has been cancelled, according to CNN.

SpaceX engineer John Insprucker stated that they would work to establish when they can make the next attempt since the countdown clock had less than 10 minutes remaining.

SpaceX is continuing to let the countdown timer run down while practising what they will perform on the upcoming launch attempt. Although they do have a launch window scheduled for Tuesday at 7 a.m. CT (8 a.m. ET), recycling will make them have to wait at least 48 hours longer, according to CNN.

They will perform a “recycle” on the rocket, removing the extremely cold fuel and getting it ready for a new launch. After years of testing, it was SpaceX’s first attempt to launch its Starship rocket. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, referred to Starship as the vehicle that supports SpaceX’s primary goal—the first manned mission to Mars.

The first flight test will almost completely circle the world before splashing down off Hawaii.
The company’s request for a Friday unmanned flight test of the rocket was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which issues licences for commercial rocket launches.