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Why SpaceX is facing HUGE RISK of the launch tower in first starship launch…



Why SpaceX is facing HUGE RISK of the launch tower in first starship launch…

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SpaceX is now continuing to work around the clock to prepare its latest Starship and Super Heavy booster prototypes for testing for the first orbital flight.
Notably, SpaceX appears to be preparing Starship 24 and Super Heavy Booster 7 for their first ‘full stack’ demonstration!

This is closely related to Starbase’s Orbital launch tower named Mechazilla! The Mechazilla robot arms created by SpaceX are lovingly referred to as chopstick arms. These mechanical arms have been built to make lifting, moving, and stacking the SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy boosters easier and quicker. The standard options, such as cranes, also accomplish this feat, but cranes are more susceptible to wind than the mechanical robot arms SpaceX has created. The chopstick arms have also been made to catch part of the Starship as it returns to Earth, saving time, energy, and resources.

SpaceX recently is upgrading these arms, for example, the ship lifting points on the chopsticks have been deployed as you can see here.

SpaceX certainly has a lot of work to do with the Mechazilla, as the company plans to catch the Super Heavy on the first orbital flight.

Remember last month, the SpaceX chopsticks hydraulics system failed during a test on Aug. 6, 2022?

The failure caused an explosion and created questions about safety.
Elon Musk tweeted a confirmation of the hiccup by saying, “I love the smell of hydraulic fluid in the morning.” The hydraulic failure occurred on the evening of Aug. 6, as SpaceX personnel were preparing to load Booster 7, which was parked after the failed set-up.
It looks like steam coming from the area the hydraulics sit. No fire occurred, nothing was damaged, and no one was harmed.
This is good news, especially looking forward to the Starship’s first orbital flight. However, the failure has led many spectators to wonder what would have happened if the hydraulics system had failed during a lift. The short answer is that it could have been catastrophic. However, the hydraulics failure was not disastrous, and it will lead SpaceX engineers to improve their work so that the mistake will not happen during a lift or any other mission.

While hydraulics hoses are known to fail from time to time, people are worried that the failure could have been worse had it happened during a lift.
Why SpaceX is facing HUGE RISK of the launch tower in first starship launch…

22 Comments

  1. Rocket Science is hard. To say Elon “recklessly” made this decision (chop sticks) is just an ignorant comment. Easy for a YouTuber to sit in his armchair and play Monday morning quarterback when he has zero risk on the line. Elon is making hard decisions everyday.

  2. Sounds like Alpha Tech is sponsored by Jeff Bezos to dig up all negative things to comment on. Will not subscribe to this negative channel.

  3. This is one of the few things I whole heartedly disagree with the chopsticks. It makes absolutely no sense from an engineering and speed standpoint, and is a danger to the entire launch complex in one mistake and you will destroy the entire complex and it would be far far better to have a lunch, and then a recovery landing pad in the legs or even just a separate landing structure with the chopsticks if they still want to come ahead and do this

  4. Everything in spaceflight is a risk. Witness the Bezos failure and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket non launch. I wish Musk and SpaceX well!

  5. I've been impressed by the pinpoint accuracy Falcon 9 has been making lately on every barge landing. People forget that the exact same techniques will be used for Starship.

  6. SpaceX is Balls-Out organization. You have to admire them. They advance through failure as much as success and do in years what bloated governments can't do in decades.

  7. I know Musk is a risk taker. He has to be with his goals. I will go one step further. I question why is SpaceX is not testing the booster separately. New rockets blow up. As Musk says "It's hard". So why not prove the booster can take off and land first. Then add the second stage and then add the tower?

  8. I propose a retractable concrete reinforced sliding roof over the launch ring to protect it during landings, much like the doors of an ICBM silo. Pass it on to Musk! This would cost a lot less than rebuilding the ring…

  9. I guess maybe if the wind were to blow an arm into the rocket assembly something bad could happen. That's really the only risk of harm i can think of from a hydraulic failure.

  10. Realistically, there would be no loss of vehicle on a failed catch. The grid fins are quite big and would carry the load if they miss the hard points. It would cause vehicle damage, but not a full loss of vehicle

  11. I don’t think the 1st try will succeed, but whatever happens, it’s going to be spectacular and I’m sure they will make it work eventually. But if it does work, I’ll be ecstatic 😎