Elon Musk says there is a “good chance” of SpaceX’s Starship SN10 to take off this week after the FAA completes its investigation into SN9’s explosive flight
- SpaceX may release its Starship SN 10 prototype this week, Elon Musk said
- The company was investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration
- The investigation examined the root cause of the exploding SN9 prototype
- The Agency did not identify any danger, believing that SN10 was allowed to take off
- The SN10 conducted the same flight at an altitude of six miles in the air
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed its investigation into SpaceX’s exploding prototype Startship SN9, “clearing the way for the SN10 test flight.”
The investigation focuses on ensuring the safety of operations, which found that the explosion did not endanger the public and the waste was contained in certain danger zones.
The FAA announcement means that SpaceX can move forward with the release of its latest prototype, which CEO Elon Musk says has a “good chance of flying this week.”
The closure of roads around the facility in Boca Chica, Texas on SpaceX says that the space flights are scheduled for February 22 from 9:00 to 18:00 GMT, but it is unclear whether the company is conducting tests or the world will see SN10 reach its first six miles flight altitude.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed its investigation into the exploding prototype of SpaceX’s Startship SN9, “clearing the way for the SN10 test flight.” And Elon Musk says it could happen sometime this week
The FAA launched an investigation into SpaceX after the launch of its Starship SN9 on February 2, which ended with a rocket exploding in a fireball when it tried to land.
SN9 took off around 3:24 pm ET on February 4 from SpaceX’s Boca Chica test center.
The massive missile hit the six-mile target in about four minutes of flight and then successfully made an aerodynamic descent as it fell to the ground.
However, the prototype failed to maneuver in a vertical position before landing on the launch pad, hampering its ability to glue the landing.
The closure of roads around the facility in Boca Chica, Texas on SpaceX says that the space flights are scheduled for February 22 from 9:00 to 18:00 GMT, but it is unclear whether the company is conducting tests or the world will see SN10 reach its first six miles flight
Elon Musk hinted on Twitter that SpaceX could launch Starship SN10 this week
It landed with a deafening crash and exploded in bright orange flames and a cloud of dust, but the fire did not spread.
Following the launch, the FAA launched an investigation into the crash to determine whether SpaceX followed protocols – specifically that no one or anything was threatened during the explosion.
“The FAA’s top priority in regulating commercial space transportation is to ensure the safety of operations, even if there is an anomaly,” the federal agency told DailyMail.com in a statement.
The FAA’s investigation into the exploded SN9 (pictured) focuses on ensuring the safety of operations, which found that the explosion did not endanger the public and the waste was contained in certain hazardous areas.
“The FAA will oversee the investigation into the landing accident involving the prototype SpaceX Starship SN9 in Boca Chicago, Texas.”
“Although this was an unscrewed test flight, the investigation will identify the root cause of today’s accident and possible opportunities to further increase safety as the program develops.”
Just as many have watched the stream live, the FAA has concluded that the failure occurred during the re-entry of the missile.
“The SN9 failed in the FAA safety analysis,” an FAA spokesman told CNN. “The failed landing and explosion did not endanger the public or property.”
The announcement means that the SN10 will launch from the test facility and try the iconic “abdominal flop” maneuver on return – but hopefully the latest prototype can still land unlike its predecessors.