The countdown has begun again. After a test flight last April, Elon Musk is trying again. His company SpaceX announced This Friday at 7 a.m. US Central Time (8 a.m. on the East Coast and 2 p.m. in mainland Spain) a second extensive flight test of its gigantic 120-meter device opens a new window. The ship is meters high and nine meters in diameter Starship attached to the propeller super heavy, The most powerful rocket in history.
The company’s announcement came minutes after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it was reactivating SpaceX’s accreditation. “The FAA has issued a license to authorize the second release of the vehicle Starships are super heavy From SpaceX. “The FAA has determined that SpaceX has met all safety, environmental, regulatory and fiscal responsibility requirements” The organization tweeted.
In a 45-page report, The FAA is reviewing some of the incidents that happened with the first test launch and the improvements that SpaceX has introduced to prevent them from happening again. On April 20, the plane overshot the platform and beached and disintegrated in an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The concrete launch pad was damaged during the test launch, resulting in the scattering of sand and debris, some of which was deposited outside the study area as potential debris assessed in the permit. The breach of the launch pad caused the ship’s thrust to dislodge sand from beneath the launch pad.
Overall, SpaceX deemed the launch a success because the rocket moved far enough from the takeoff platform without damage and the failure occurred at a more advanced stage when two parts of the device disconnected. “Starship’s first test flight learned many lessons that directly contributed to many improvements in both vehicle and ground infrastructure to increase the likelihood of success in future flights,” SpaceX promises. Even so, the destruction at the missile site caught the authorities off guard, who suspended the license, which has now been reactivated.
After the April 20 launch, the FAA explains, SpaceX reinforced the base of the launch pad with thick concrete and additional piles and installed steel plates on the base. Two improvements are designed to protect the platform from possible breakage or a large cloud of dust. The steel plates have a water cooling element which enables to protect the steel plates in the event of engine ignition and allows the plates to be reused.
SpaceX also added a heat shield to the front of the vehicle Starship/Super Heavy To provide thermal protection against the heat produced by the motors Starship During the event of separation of different levels. The second test will also introduce a new electronic thrust vectoring control system.
“This rapid and operational development approach is the basis for all of SpaceX’s major innovative developments, including Falcon, Dragon and Starlink,” SpaceX says, which it considers “essential” in its mission to “develop a fully reusable transportation system.” Capable of carrying crew and cargo into Earth orbit, enabling humanity to return to the Moon and eventually travel to Mars and beyond,” according to a statement announcing the launch.
This Friday’s release window will last for two hours. About 30 minutes before liftoff, SpaceX will begin live webcasting of the flight test on its website and on the Musk-owned X social network.