Starship (SpaceX): the FAA postpones its environmental report for a month

the Starship (actually Starship + Super Heavy launcher) patiently waits on the launch pad of the Starbase from Boca Chica, Texas. Assembly of the giant rocket was completed just days ago – just before Elon Musk’s talk – and now SpaceX is awaiting the environmental report from the FAA. This report is of crucial importance since it must determine whether or not SpaceX will be able to launch the Starship from the Starbase. However, Elon Musk has already planned “the blow” in the event that the FAA’s opinion is negative: the Starship would then take off from the Kennedy Space Centers located in Florida, which would delay the first orbital test flight by several months.

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Unfortunately for SpaceX engineers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has taken a little delay in drafting its report, so much so that the latter, which was expected on February 28, will not finally be made public until the date of March 28. This one-month lag is already added to a first postponement, but given the current circumstances (the Covid-19 pandemic is still virulent in the United States) we will be careful not to deduce anything about the conclusions. to expect from the report.

Finally, on the same day of the FAA’s announcement, SpaceX confirmed that the billionaire Jared Isaacman had reserved its place in three of its next space tourism flights (one of its orbital flights will be the scene of the first private spacewalk in the history of aerospace). As a reminder, Jared Isaacman was already one of the passengers of the Inspiration4 mission, the first space tourism mission organized by SpaceX.

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