SpaceX Attempts Second Starship Launch On Monday, the mission was called off just minutes before takeoff. Today, SpaceX is attempting a second launch of its two-stage rocketship, Starship.

By Madeline Garfinkle Originally published

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The SpaceX Starship stands on the launchpad following a launch delay of the SpaceX Starship flight test from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas on April 17, 2023

SpaceX is attempting a second launch of its Starship on Thursday, April 20 at 9:28 a.m. EST after the mission was called off due to technical problems on Monday. The company will live stream the launch on its website and YouTube.

On Monday, with just 10 minutes left on the countdown to takeoff, the Starship launch was called off due to a frozen valve in the lower-stage rocket booster, Reuters reported. The company announced on a live webcast that it would not make a second attempt for at least 48 hours.

SpaceX then took to Twitter to say it was aiming for Thursday, April 20 for the second launch attempt, which sparked myriad jokes from users referring to both the first unsuccessful attempt and the 4/20 association with cannabis.

Still, if Starship's launch is successful, it will mark a milestone for space travel and "potentially enable new businesses and even new markets," BryceTech CEO Carissa Christensen told Axios.

Related: The World's First Space Tourist Is Heading Back for a Trip Around the Moon And This Time He's Bringing His Wife

Aside from being the biggest rocket ever built at nearly 400 feet, Starship could be the first step in transforming space travel by being cheaper — well, relatively cheaper ($10 million or less) — and would have the potential to fly back and forth from space to Earth carrying both crew and cargo.

Although $10 million isn't exactly in the budget for most people, Christensen pointed out to Axios that it could present a viable business opportunity for companies looking to manufacture materials in orbit, such as pharmaceuticals.

Related: SpaceX Just Launched Four Astronauts Into Space. 'Don't Forget to Give Us Five Stars.'

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Madeline Garfinkle

Entrepreneur Staff

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Madeline Garfinkle is a News Writer at She is a graduate from Syracuse University, and received an MFA from Columbia University. 

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