The SN10 and SN9 are the latest versions of SpaceX and Elon Musk’s Starship prototypes, which the company has been developing in its factory in Boca Chica, Texas.Musk promisedIt will be able to make revolutionary point-to-point travel around the globe and to the moon, Mars and other places.
In the past few years, the starship prototype has evolved from a short low-altitude “jump” to a high-altitude flight demonstration. The past two serial numbers, SN8 and SN9, have already flown a height comparable to the cruising altitude of a commercial jet, but then entered an explosive hard landing.
Musk had warned before the test that he hoped that such “rapid unplanned disassembly” events would become part of the development process.
Following SN8’s flight and landing in December, SN9’s follow-up flight experienced a series of delays throughout January. According to reports, the launch of SN8 did not have all the necessary approvals from the FAA, and as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took the time to grant a launch license for SN9, a man-to-man match was launched.
In the end, FAA was satisfied with the safety precautions of the test flight, and SN9 finally flew on February 2. After returning to Earth in the afternoon, the FAA announced that it would investigate the “unfortunate” landing.
On Friday, February 19, an FAA spokesperson stated via email that the agency had concluded its investigation into the landing accident and “cleared the way for the SN10 test flight, and waited for the FAA to approve the license renewal.”
“The SN9 vehicle failed within the scope of the FAA’s safety analysis. Its unsuccessful landing and explosion did not endanger the public or property. All debris is contained in the designated hazardous area. The FAA approved the final accident report, Including possible causes and corrective actions.”
As of Monday morning, Christian Davenport of The Washington Post reported that the Federal Aviation Administration had issued a launch permit, which laid the foundation for the launch of SN10 after a static test fire. According to the latest temporary flight restrictions, we will see the launch of SN10 first on Thursday, and there will be opportunities on Friday and Saturday.
After SN10 is ready to take off, please check the update and live broadcast here.
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