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April 20, 2023

SpaceX's Test Flight of Its Super-Heavy Rocket Experiences "Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly"
Girthy Commentary from Azathoth Added

Earlier, Elon Musk posted video the Super-Heavy version of the Falcon rocket, with its immense booster, blasting off.

Update, from Azathoth:

I'm still amazed at the SpaceX launch this morning.

The Saturn V rockets we used for the Apollo program generated over 6 million pounds of thrust at lift off. The Starship rocket that launched this morning generates 17 million pounds of thrust.

The Saturn Vs when they took off generated so much thrust they would literally pound Pad 39A few inches into the ground. I have no idea how they're handling this in Texas with this latest rocket. I realize the rockets are greatly advanced from the old F1 Saturn days and use different fuel mixtures but thrust is thrust. Over the years, NASA used a series of aqueducts and water reservoirs under the launch pad that were filled shortly before launch with millions of gallons of water. Practically all of that was turned to steam during launch, hence the enormous clouds you saw around the launch pad and pictures. I don't know if they're doing something like that in Texas or if they're going completely in a different direction.

17 million pounds of thrust. The largest rocket anyone's ever launched. And we're 120 years out from the first flight at Kitty Hawk.

Posted by: Azathoth

Unfortunately, when the spacecraft attempted some kind of a "flip" to jettison its booster, the ship experienced "rapid unscheduled disassembly."

The female commentator says that the main point of the test was to just achieve launch, and so that part was successful. "Everything after clearing the tower was just icing on the cake," she says.

SpaceX @SpaceX

With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and today's test will help us improve Starship's reliability as SpaceX seeks to make life multi-planetary

The left is going to chuckle, because they don't do anything in the world, and so don't understand that building your own private-venture returnable rocket fleet with the largest payload capacities is kind of difficult. Sometimes when you try to do something no one's ever done, you fail.

But the left doesn't ever do anything. Anything. They just sit in DEI meetings all day and spout rehearsed, second-hand NPC political cant at each other.

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