SpaceX, NASA, International Space Station, Falcon 9, Liquid oxygen ship Update | Liquid oxygen shortage squeezes SpaceX launch plans! Why?
We are really touched beyond words. Looking at the lovely wishes via comments and emails., The good news is, we are back in business and going to share some latest Space updates with you.. First of all, we will talk about SpaceXs launch problems due to shortage of Liquid oxygen, following an update regarding SpaceXs upcoming CRS 23 mission, along with ASOG drone ships departure from Port Canaveral., We will wrap up discussing Starship updates. Lets. Take a look at the update regarding delayed SpaceXs launch plans due to unavailability of Liquid Oxygen. SpaceXs upcoming launch plans will face a major delay owing to the shortage of liquid oxygen due to the latest wave of Covid pandemic. On 24th August Tuesday. At the 36th Space Symposium Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of SpaceX had pointed out these launch problems due to lower supply of liquid oxygen.. Liquid oxygen is a key fuel component of the spacecraft and is commonly used as an oxidizer, along with propellant fuels like kerosene, methane or liquid hydrogen. Shotwell stated Were actually going to be impacted this year with the lack of liquid oxygen for launch.. We certainly are going to make sure the hospitals are going to have the oxygen that they need, but for anybody who has liquid oxygen to spare send me an email. With the rise of the delta variant of COVID. The demand for the liquid oxygen jumped up at a shot.. Most of the hospitals use liquid oxygen for meeting their oxygen needs for ventilators.
Moreover, liquid oxygen is also used for filtering the water by water treatment plants. Domestic needs for treatment are also increasing, which added to the demand for liquid oxygen.. The shortage of liquid oxygen has reached such a condition that, on 20th August, residents of the city of Orlando have been ordered to reduce water usage so that more liquid oxygen can be sent to hospitals rather than using it for water treatment.. According to the Orlando Utilities, Commission, the supplies of liquid oxygen have been cut by nearly 50., So it now seems that Oxygen is becoming a major concern in between Space launch plans on one hand and medical use on the other. Space launch providers other than SpaceX are Also facing problems in launch due to shortage of Liquid oxygen. Tory Bruno chief executive of United Launch Alliance tweeted, The USG contractor that transports liquid GN2 to VAFB is helping with the COVID related LOX effort in Florida. Working that situation now.. According to a report, ULAs Landsat 9 launch may face delay. Owing to this shortage.. However, Shotwell didnt clearly say how much the SpaceX launch cadence will face. From the present SpaceXs launch cadence. We can see that the last launch of Falcon 9 was carried out on 30th June., Its been nearly two months since SpaceX has not carried out any further launches., So it may seem that SpaceX has been facing Liquid Oxygen shortage for a long time., Although, according to Some reports SpaceX focused on producing Starlink satellites with laser inter satellite links installed.
They put a break on Starlink launches., But good news is. We will not have to wait for a Falcon 9 launch, as SpaceX has already scheduled to end their launch silence by sending an upgraded cargo Dragon mission, CRS 23 to the International Space Station on28th August from the Kennedy Space Center.. Our next update is regarding SpaceXs ASOG droneship heads to sea for first Falcon 9 booster landing, while Falcon 9 carries out a static fire as pre flight test. To support booster recovery of the Cargo Dragon 23 mission. Spacex has already sent their newly made drone ship, A Shortfall of Gravitas to the Atlantic ocean. From Port Canaveral. The droneship is now heading towards 300 kilometres inside the Ocean. For ASOG. This will be the first booster recovery. Mission. SpaceX has planned to carry out their Cargo Dragon mission on 28th August Saturday.. This launch will also mark SpaceXs first launch in the last two months as SpaceXs workhorse Falcon 9 was last launched on 30th June.. As stated earlier, A Shortfall of Gravitas is SpaceXs. Third and newest autonomous spaceport, drone ship., Both Of Course, I Still Love You and Just Read The Instructions. Other two droneships of SpaceX were more or less autonomous, as they are uncrewed during booster landings at sea, but they need tugboats to tow it to and from their recovery zones.. Also, those droneships had crewed support from another ship., But the drone ship ASOG is truly autonomous. As it can propel itself to and from the recovery area, without the help of a tugboat.
, All processes will be carried out without any human intervention.. Thus, this will also increase the pace of booster recovery., But, according to recent reports, SpaceX might not rely fully on the autonomous part on its first mission. SpaceX will make out recovery operations in semi autonomous mode, i.e. in the same way as SpaceX has done with other Drone ships., According to some reports, SpaceX, will not use ASOG droneship in fully autonomous mode for the first few missions to test out the reliability of the droneship and then gradually shift to a fully automated system.. Some estimates stated that SpaceX need to complete atleast dozens of successful recovery missions to shift towards the autonomous part, and once that droneship is fully usable in its automatic mode, it will be the most technically superior recovery vessel in the world. SpaceX had sent the droneship on One hand and, on the other hand, theyve also carried out a static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket as a pre flight test procedure in the Kennedy Space Center., The static fire test was carried out on 25th August at 9 p.m. EDT. On Wednesday evening. Spacex teams carried out the test, along with the Cargo Dragon, payload. Theyve gone through a practice. Countdown. Later the rocket was filled with propellant, following which nine Merlin 1 D engines were ignited, which lasted for nearly ten seconds.. According to some reports, SpaceXs Falcon test fire was successful, hinting that the Cargo Dragon mission will be on time.
. The Cargo Dragon capsule will deliver some biomedical experiments, scientific instruments along with food.. It will also deliver a small, robotic arm made by GITAI a Japanese company Faraday Research Facility, an experiment package and some cubesats to be deployed in future., Toyotaka Kozuki, GITAI, Japans chief technology officer said This technology demonstration is to show the world that the capabilities necessary for Automation in space are finally available.. It provides an inexpensive and safer source of labor in space opening the door to the true commercialization of space.. The Research facility carries an experiment of a remote controlled drug conveyance system.. This experiment is backed by Houston, Methodist Research. Institute. Two educational experiments will also be carried out in the space station.. If the CRS 23 launch remains on time, then the Cargo Dragon capsule will dock with the International Space Station by 29th August 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Todays last update is regarding reinstallation of 29 Raptor engines on Booster Number 4.. Spacex is now on the path of creating milestones.. Spacex teams have again started: reinstalling 29 Raptor engines on Starships, first orbital class Super Heavy booster, this time fully directing towards static fire. Then final orbital launch. In the path of creating milestones, SpaceX had earlier finished installation of grid fins on a Super Heavy booster 4 and then installed all the 29 Raptor engines on Booster 4 in less than a day. Starship SN20 was also fitted with its six Raptor Engines. Following it Booster 4 was rolled out and also the SN20 was rolled out.
. Then the most crucial milestone was achieved with the full stacking SN20 and BN4.. Once the fit checks were completed, the two stages were separated and returned to the high bay.. Once the booster came back to high bay, SpaceX teams started the secondary plumbing work on the booster.. Several other electronic equipment were also installed.. Eventually, the 29 Raptor engines were removed from the booster. Removal of booster engines makes it probable that the engines were actually installed for fit checks in thrust structure. Nearly eleven days after removal of engines, SpaceX teams have started reinstallation of Raptor engines on the booster., As we Can see that SpaceX has completed a good round of fit checksso this time, probably the installation will head towards direct pressure, checks and Static fire tests. During tests, several issues may come up or some engines may be replaced and on successful completion they will head towards Orbital Flight in late 2021.