Just a few weeks after its predecessorOn the Gulf Coast of Texas, the SN10 could try to improve that performance as soon as next week.
The SN10 and SN9 are the latest iterations of SpaceX and Elon Musk’s Starship prototypes that the company is developing to its fullest in Boca Cheeka, Texas. Musk promisesThe revolutionary will be capable of point-to-point travel around the world, as well as the Moon, Mars and beyond.
Over the years, prototypes of starships have progressed from making small, low-altitude “hops” to high-altitude flying demonstrations. The last two serial numbers, SN8 and SN9, have both been flown to a height comparable to commercial jet cruises, but then came on for an explosive hard landing.
Musk warned in advance of the tests that he was expected to be part of the process of developing such “acute undetermined disassembled” events.
Following the SN8 flight and crash landing in December, the SN9 follow-up flight suffered delays throughout January. It was revealed that the SN8 was launched without all the necessary approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration, and took its time to grant a launch license for the SN9, a one-of-a-kind competition developed as the FAA.
Finally, the FAA was satisfied with the safety precautions for the test flight and the SN9 finally flew on 2 February. After its fiery return to Earth that afternoon, the FAA announced that it would investigate the landing “accident”.
On Friday, a FAA spokesperson said via email that the agency had closed the investigation into the landing accident, “approving the route for the SN10 test flight pending FAA approval of license updates.”
“The SNA 9 vehicle failed within the limits of the FAA safety analysis. Its failed landing and explosion did not endanger the public or property. All debris contained within the designated danger zone. The FAA approved the final misreport report, Which included possible causes and. Corrective action. “
Hence SpaceX is moving forward with SN10. A static test firing may occur in the coming days, clearing the way for a launch sometime next week.
Look here for updates and livestreams once the SN10 is ready to fly.
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