why won't they launch space flights when storms are near if planes can be built to withstand lightning why can't these new SpaceX vehicles? ?

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  • D g
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Planes run on gasoline ...rockets use a stuff a tad bit more explosive remember the Hindenburg blimp 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No idea what kind of plane you fly but I avoid thunderstorms at all costs. I landed 200 miles from my destination to avoid the last thunderstorm that blocked me from home.

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  • 1 month ago

    Tell that to Apollo 12. A storm very nearly aborted that flight.

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  • 1 month ago

    Rocket fuel is dangerous enough when ignited as planned. Lightning adds 100,000 volts to the equation. 

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  • 1 month ago

    One space launch of people for the ISS costs more than 300 million.  That is cost of at least 10 airliners.

    Got to be careful at that high price.

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because planes are not rockets.  And planes don't fly in bad weather either.

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  • jehen
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Planes don't go through weather if they can avoid it and none of the go through it at many times the speed of sound

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  • 1 month ago

    Rockets are basically a flying tube full of highly explosive liquids. A lightning strike on a rocket can cause very serious, disastrous damage.

    Planes are built in such a way as to conduct any surge from a lightning strike around the outside of the plane, making any damage very minimal.

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  • 1 month ago

    They cant take any chances

    Like the night before the Challenger Launch there had been a - 10 C frost

    It rendered an important O Ring on one of the Booster Rockets very brittle to disasterous results on the day

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  • Rick
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    planes are flown by REAL people who can correct some course changes, but the rocket is flown by computers .................

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