SN10 and its predecessor SN9 on the launch pad in Boca Chica, Texas, in early February. SpaceX
Just a few weeks after its predecessor SN9 flew high then crashed on the coast from Texas 'Gulf Coast, SN10 could try to improve this performance, et could take place as early as Tuesday.
SN10 and SN9 are the latest iterations of the SpaceX and Elon Musk 's Starship prototypes that the company has developed in full view from its facilities in Boca Chica, Texas. Musk promised the target From the lab to your inbox. Receive the latest science stories each week.
Over the past several years, Starship prototypes have progressed from short, low-altitude "jumps" to high-altitude flight demonstrations. The last two serial numbers, SN8 and SN9, both flew at altitudes comparable to those of commercial jets,but then came for explosive hard landings.
Musk had warned before testing that he expected such "quick and unplanned teardown" events to be part of the development process. >
SpaceX SN8 flew high and landed hard. Video capture of SpaceX by Jackson Ryan
Following the flight and forced landing from SN8 in December, SN9's follow-up flight suffered a series of delays in January. It was revealed that SN8 had been launched without all the required Federal Aviation Administration approvals, and some sort of start-up competition.Elope while the FAA was then taking its time to grant the launch license for SN9.
In the end, the FAA was happy with the safety precautions for the test flight and SN9 finally flew on February 2. After her fiery return to Earth this afternoon, the FAA announced it would investigate the landing. "mishap.
On Friday, the FAA spokesman said via email indicating that the agency has closed the investigation into the landing accident, " erasing the w ay for the SN10 test flight pending FAA approval of license updates. "
" The SN9 vehicle failed within the limits of the FAA security analysis. Its unsuccessful landing and explosion did not endanger the public or property. All debris was contained within the designated danger zone. The FAA has approved the final incident report, including probable causes and corrective actions. "
On departurer Monday morning, Christian Davenport of the Washington Post reported that the FAA launch license has been granted, paving the way for the launch of SN10 on Tuesday, after a static firing test on Monday . Temporary flight restrictions were issued for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the test flight.
So SpaceX is pushing forward with SN10. Check back here for updates and a livestream once SN10 is ready to fly.
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