Elon Musk reported that SpaceX will face a real risk of bankruptcy if Starship is not allowed to fly once every two weeks in 2022. The fact is that there is no chance of that happening, considering that so far not only tests, and not a fully prepared rocket, are taking place. The head of the company blames the problems in the production of rocket engines for this situation. It is worth recalling here that the goal of Starship is not only to be the basis of NASA’s Artemis mission to the Moon, but above all they are to drive the colonization of Mars.

Elon Musk: SpaceX may go bankrupt

Elon Musk: SpaceX may go bankrupt

Starship is also much bigger than anything SpaceX has launched so far. As you might expect, this type of spaceship requires a lot of propulsion. To do this, SpaceX uses Raptor engines that run on fuel known as methalox. It is a mixture of cryogenic liquid methane and liquid oxygen. It provides more than twice the thrust of the Merlin 1D engines that SpaceX currently uses in the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. One Starship could require as many as 39 Raptor engines for each orbital launch.

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In an open letter to employees, Musk did not beat around the bush:

Unfortunately, the Raptor production crisis is much worse than it seemed a few weeks ago. As we delved into the problems following the departure of previous executives, they unfortunately turned out to be far more serious than reported. There is no way to ease this. Unless you have critical family matters or you can’t physically return to Hawthorne, we’ll need all your hands to work to make up for the losses. The current situation is a catastrophe.

Source: SlashGear

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Paweł Maretycz

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