The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday approved the next three launches of the SpaceX Starship prototype, confirming the agency’s chief executive Elon Musk spoke last month about safety.
Prior to the launch of the SN15, the FAA said that the FAA would verify that SpaceX implemented the correct actions arising from the investigation that began in early December.
To launch SN16 and SN17, SpaceX said it would “be subject to further corrective action if any new crash investigations occur.”
SpaceX is testing a series of prototypes for a growing heavy-lift rocket to carry humans and 100 tons of cargo to future missions to the moon and Mars. The first orbiting starship flight is scheduled for the end of the year.
Earlier this month, NASA awarded a $ 2.9 billion contract to SpaceX to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the moon by 2024.
As a condition of the SpaceX license, all starship launches must have an FAA Security Analyst in Boca Chica, Texas. The FAA security analyst is expected to visit the site on Thursday, “to support a possible start this week,” the FAA added.
The FAA said in December that SpaceSX’s Starship SN8 publishing company continued to be subject to public risk regulatory criteria “from distant explosion overpressure” and without proving that it violated its licensing requirements.
If the launch vehicle explodes on impact, remote blasting bosses can pose a danger to the public, creating a shock wave and damaging windows in areas relatively far from the point of impact.
The FAA said it used SpaceX analysis methods to calculate risks not approved by the agency.
The FAA began to require a security analyst after the start of December, which took effect on March 12.
On Thursday, the FAA confirmed that executive Steve Dixon had spoken with Musk on March 12 for 30 minutes “as part of the company’s ongoing engagement with the company.”
SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.
Dixon stressed the role of the FAA in safeguarding public safety by ensuring regulatory compliance. He clarified that the FAA expects SpaceX to create and nurture a strong security culture, which emphasizes adherence to FAA rules. ”
In February, the FAA said it needed SpaceX to investigate the incident, adding that SpaceX’s proper operations were incorporated in early February, including a detailed study of its security culture.
In January, Musk tweeted that the FAA had “a broken regulatory system based on the space division” and that under its rules “humanity will never come to Mars.”
This week Musk tweeted that the FAA and other regulators were “reasonable & prudent …. 99.9 percent of the time, I agree with the regulators! In rare cases, we disagree.
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