SpaceX Hoping Steel Plates Prevent Launchpad Explosion Written 10 May 2023

USA - Texas - Boca Chica - Starbase. | Credit: Alexander Hatley; Wikipedia; CC BY 2.0 

Bloomberg reports that before SpaceX “can try again to send its massive Starship rocket into orbit, the company needs to repair and renovate its badly damaged launch site in southern Texas.” It is unknown if the design choices will be enough to prevent future damage to the launch site after the April 20 liftoff damaged the launchpad’s structure and sent “chunks of sand, concrete and steel thousands of feet into the sky and setting fire to a nearby park.”
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