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Hurricane-Force Gusts Knocked Over SpaceX’s Starship Last Night

byKristin Houser
1. 23. 19
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Here's a photo of the crumpled mess.

Hard Knocks

Nature just dealt SpaceX a powerful blow.

Tuesday night, wind gusts described by Business Insider as “hurricane-force” blasted the southern Texas facility where the company is building its massive Starship rocket.

The gusts were powerful enough to break the rocket free of its mooring blocks, knocking it on its side and causing damage that will take “a few weeks to repair,” according to a Wednesday morning tweet by CEO Elon Musk. He later added that the rocket’s “actual tanks are fine.”

Natural Delay

The damage will almost undoubtedly affect the timeline for Starship’s first test flight, which Musk tweeted on January 5 could take place within four weeks, meaning we could have seen the rocket lift off in early February.


However, the CEO appears to be learning from the past. In the same tweet he anticipated that something like last night’s accident was bound to happen to Starship: “Aiming for 4 weeks, which probably means 8 weeks, due to unforeseen issues.”

READ MORE: SpaceX’s Giant Rocket Ship Was Blown Over and Damaged by Powerful Winds in Texas — and Elon Musk Says Repairs Will Take Weeks [Business Insider]

More on Starship: Elon Musk Shares Photo of Spacex’s First Starship


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