Quick Thought on the SpaceX Starship Launch

I’m sure SpaceX would have preferred the rocket survived longer but it did get through a critical phase of flight.

My armchair analyst’s opinion is that they will be looking closely at the pad at lift off and how to better protect these densely packed engines from shockwaves before the hold down clamps are released.

It looked like something popped right at lift off which may have damaged other engines & systems.

SpaceX’s approach is rapid iterative development and low cost hardware. There’s probably a half dozen more of these either built or in the process of being built. A few weeks to refurb the pad and you’ll see another one out there ready to try again.

They even celebrated their many failures attempting to get their Falcon rockets to land in this video:

You can bet their next launch will get a little bit further.