Elon Musk fixes spaceship rocket after YouTuber request
A smart question from a YouTuber helped Elon Musk to make a vital change to a new SpaceX rocket.
Everyday Astronaut, a YouTuber with around 1.25 million subscribers, was invited to SpaceX for the first time Installing the Starbase at the end of last year. However, after being asked back earlier this month, Elon Musk revealed that a question the YouTuber asked actually led to changes being made to one of the newer rockets.
One of the improvements to the new starship is to use excess gas from the Starship’s main engines to drive the thrusters instead of separate cold gas thrusters. This correction was made after Everyday Astronaut’s query was posed to Musk.
During his recent visit to SpaceX’s starbase, Everyday Astronaut – otherwise known as Tim – revealed that Elon Musk admitted to making the changes to the new rocket after the couple’s previous discussion. In the clip, Mr. Musk even calls said changes “one of the biggest improvements that we (SpaceX) have made” to Starship.
“It came to mind as I was explaining it to you,” Mr. Musk said in the YouTube video, adding, “I was like ‘wait, what do we do? “”
It should be mentioned that in the original encounter between the pair, which took place in August 2021, Mr. Musk was discussing the nature of the new Starship SpaceX rocket. He said the Starship includes the ship itself as well as the attached thrusters because of which “you don’t even need a cold gas thruster system…you already have hot gas.”
Tim then challenged the SpaceX CEO, saying, “But that’s just for the encore, right?” At that moment, Mr. Musk seemed to come to some sort of realization, as the video showed in his mind. He said: “Although arguably, now that you’ve mentioned it, it might be wise to do that for the (spacecraft) as well.”
What he realized was that the ship, as well as the thrusters, also didn’t need a cold gas thruster system. At the time, he reassured Everyday Astronaut that SpaceX would fix it.