Sunday/ Super Heavy is ready 🚀

“My top hope is please, may fate smile upon us, and we clear the launchpad before anything goes wrong. That’s all I’m asking.”
– Elon Musk

Thirty-three Raptors are installed on Super Heavy on the SpaceX Starship that is set for launch tomorrow morning. (Raptors are the engines, and Super Heavy is the booster for the super-sized rocket).

A major concern is that a problem with one engine could cascade and destroy other engines, part of the vehicle— or even the launchpad. Rebuilding the pad, depending on what happened, could take several months.
[Information obtained from reporting in the Wall Street Journal].

On the left is the SpaceX Starship that sits on the launchpad in Brownsville, Texas. It takes an awful lot of thrust for such a large rocket to break free from Earth’s gravitational pull. (The booster can generate about 1500 tons-force of thrust). To the right is NASA’s Saturn V rocket of 1967-73, and NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that was launched last year.
Update Mon. 8.20am CDT: The launch was scrubbed due to a pressurization issue with the massive Super Heavy booster that could not be resolved before the launch time.
[Picture posted on Monday morning on Twitter @SpaceX]

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