SpaceX, founded by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, planned to launch its massive Starship rocket into orbit from a secret location in Texas on the Gulf Coast on Monday.
However, with less than 15 minutes remaining in the countdown, the business declared a “scrub,” pushing back the launch for at least 48 hours.
The orbital launch of the Starship is the result of many years of preparation, including regulatory work and technological testing.
The launch has been described as an experiment by the company’s leadership on multiple occasions. Due to issues with development and FAA permission, SpaceX is now targeting the summer of 2022 for the first orbital Starship launch.
Important to NASA’s goal to send humans back to the moon, the starship is built to transport both goods and passengers far beyond Earth.
NASA awarded SpaceX a roughly $3 billion contract to deploy Starship as a crewed lunar lander two years ago. NASA’s Artemis moon programme would use Starship in this way, transporting men to the lunar surface using the SLS rocket and Orion capsule.