The SN10 and SN9 are the latest replicas of the SpaceX and Elon Musk’s Starship prototypes, which the company is developing in full review from its facility in Boca Chicago, Texas. Musk promisedwill be able to travel revolutionary from point to point around the world, as well as to the moon, Mars and beyond.
In the last few years, Starship’s prototypes have progressed from short low-altitude jumps to high-altitude demonstration flights. The last two serial numbers, SN8 and SN9, flew to heights comparable to the places where commercial aircraft travel, but then came for explosive hard landings.
Musk had warned in advance about the tests that he expected such “rapid unplanned disassembly” events to be part of the development process.
Following the flight and landing of the SN8 in December, the subsequent flight of the SN9 suffered a number of delays throughout January. It was revealed that the SN8 was launched without all the necessary approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration and a kind of staring race developed, as the FAA then took the time to give the SN9 a launch license.
In the end, the FAA was satisfied with the safety measures of the test flight and SN9 finally flew on February 2. Following its fiery return to Earth that afternoon, the FAA announced that it would investigate the “accident” on landing.
An FAA spokesman said in an email Friday that the agency had completed an investigation into the landing accident, “clearing the way for a SN10 test flight pending FAA approval for license updates.”
“The SN9 vehicle failed as part of the FAA’s safety analysis. Its failed landing and explosion did not endanger the public or property. All the debris was in the designated danger zone. The FAA approved the final accident report, including probable causes and corrective action. “
As of Monday morning, Christian Davenport of the Washington Post reported that a license had been issued to launch the FAA, paving the way for the launch of the SN10 immediately after Tuesday, following a static test fire as early as Monday. Temporary flight restrictions have been issued for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the test flight.
So SpaceX goes ahead with SN10. Check back here for updates and live streaming once the SN10 is ready to fly.
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