The American aerospace manufacturer SpaceX is facing a shortage of liquid oxygen which is used by them to power the Falcon 9 rockets. The reason for this shortage is due to the increasing demand of liquid oxygen in hospitals for treating patients with Covid-19.
Liquid oxygen (LOX) is used by the company as an oxidiser to ignite the liquid kerosene rocket propellant which powers the Merlin engines of the Falcon 9.
The liquid oxygen is also used as respirators for those suffering with Covid-19 and so due to the pandemic supplies are running low.
Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX said that due to shortage of liquid oxygen, the SpaceX is having trouble launching rockets. She also said that if any organization and company has spare oxygen then they should email her.
The global microchip shortage is also delaying the Starlink broadband system of SpaceX.