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SpaceX postpones Starship flight test by one day to change hardware

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – SpaceX delayed its second attempt to launch the company’s Starship rocket system by a day to Saturday, Chief Executive Elon Musk said, citing a piece of flight control hardware it needed. be replaced.

“We need to change the grid fin actuator, so the launch is postponed until Saturday,” Musk wrote on the social network X, formerly known as Twitter.

The launch is expected to take place at the company’s Starbase in the Gulf of Mexico, near Boca Chica, Texas.

SpaceX wants to make a second attempt to launch the 400-foot-tall Starship rocket system into space for the first time, following a test in April in which the rocket exploded approximately four minutes after launch from Texas.

Company officials said the rocket has been ready to fly for months and was awaiting approval for a license from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which the company secured last Wednesday.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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