SpaceX attempted to launch the Starship atop the Super Heavy booster this Monday but the launch was scrapped at just 40 seconds left on the clock. This was caused by a frozen valve that forced them to make the decision. Now, it is already set to try again tomorrow as long as everything goes smoothly.
The next launch attempt will take place tomorrow (April 20th) morning. The launch window will open at 8:28 AM CT (6:28 AM PST) and close at 9:30 AM CT (7:30 AM PST).
The launch will take place from the company’s Starbase facility in Texas, and the spacecraft will intentionally crash land in the water near the Hawaiian islands.
The test has been in the works for many months, but it was delayed by a number of environmental and regulatory issues. However, SpaceX has now received all of the necessary approvals to move forward.
The Starship is a fully reusable spacecraft that is designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, and Mars. It is SpaceX’s most ambitious project to date, and the successful launch of the Starship would be a major milestone in the company’s history (if it is successful).
Of course, both the company and its CEO (Elon Musk) are anticipating that there is a good chance that something may not go to plan. At one point, the CEO mentioned a 50/50 chance that it would be successful at reaching orbit. But all information collected is positive and goes toward evolving continued efforts.
You’ll can watch it all unfold live right here in the following video stream (below). The stream will go live at 7:45 AM CT (5:45 AM PST). You can also learn more about SpaceX’s Starship and its plans for the future here on SpaceX’s website.