Revolutionary SpaceX Starship Awaits Successful Completion before its Next Launch

Photo: Eric Gay (AP)

SpaceX’s Starship rocket may sound amazing in principle, particularly if you have faith in Elon Musk’s ability to eventually send humans to Mars (assuming he’s not preoccupied with blaming the Jews for Twitter’s ad revenue decline), but the previous launch didn’t go as planned. Not only did it explode, it also left behind a huge amount of environmental damage, with a debris field spanning 385 acres and causing a 3.5-acre fire. Understandably, the Federal Aviation Administration would really prefer if SpaceX avoids a repeat of that.

On Friday, the FAA declared the conclusion of its investigation and identified “63 corrective actions SpaceX must take to prevent future mishaps,” according to a report by CNET. These actions include “hardware redesigns to prevent leaks and fires, improvements to launch pad robustness, increased design reviews, additional analysis and testing of safety critical systems and components, including the Autonomous Flight Safety System, and the implementation of more change control practices.”

Once these actions are completed, SpaceX will need to apply for a modified license and obtain clearance from the agency to proceed with the launch of the Starship rocket. However, despite the seemingly lengthy list of 63 corrective actions, SpaceX is likely much closer to being ready for launch than it may seem. Musk tweeted on Sunday that 57 out of the 63 items had already been completed.

SpaceX has also released a statement, stating:

Testing development flight hardware in a flight environment is crucial for our teams to quickly learn and implement design changes and hardware upgrades, improving the chances of success in the future. The first flight test of Starship provided us with valuable insights into the vehicle and ground systems. We are committed to iterative improvement as we strive to develop a fully reusable launch system capable of transporting satellites, payloads, crew, and cargo to various orbits and landing sites on Earth, the Moon, and Mars.


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