Ready To Launch Or FAA’s Hurdle?


In the latest development surrounding SpaceX’s Starship, Elon Musk has boldly declared that the spacecraft is “ready to launch.” However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has expressed a different opinion, stating that the necessary requirements and corrective actions have not yet been completed to grant clearance for a second launch.

Key Takeaway

Elon Musk’s claim of Starship being “ready to launch” is not yet supported by the Federal Aviation Administration, who has highlighted the need for SpaceX to complete over 60 corrective actions. The thoroughness of these actions is crucial for ensuring the safety and compliance of the spacecraft.

FAA’s Stance on Starship Launch

Although the FAA has officially closed the investigation into SpaceX’s first orbital test flight in April, they are firm in their stance that further steps need to be taken before giving the green light to another launch. A comprehensive list of over 60 corrective actions has been provided to SpaceX, with details remaining undisclosed to the public.

These corrective actions encompass various aspects, including vehicle hardware redesigns, modifications to the launch pad, and rigorous analysis and testing of critical safety systems. The FAA is devoted to ensuring the utmost safety and compliance with regulations before allowing Starship to take flight once again.

SpaceX’s Path to Launch

SpaceX must diligently implement all of the corrective actions outlined by the FAA before they can progress to the next stage. Only when every requirement has been met can SpaceX apply for a modified license, signaling their readiness to launch Starship once again.

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