The Federal Aviation Administration has completed its investigations into SpaceX’s last two Starship prototype tests, called SN8 and SN9, according to CNNs Jackie Wattles. News about federal probes threw the launch of SpaceX’s SN10 prototype in legal limbo, but on Sunday, CEO Elon Musk seemed confident that the case was resolved, tweeting that there is a “good chance of flying this week!”
Last month, news appeared that SpaceX broke the launch license with its SN8 test flight in the air in December, which led to a formal investigation by the FAA. The agency denied SpaceX’s proposed updates to the license and did not announce the launch, but the company continued with it anyway, CNET reported. The rocket was successfully launched, but then exploded during a landing attempt. A spokesman for the FAA now says that the SN8 case – that is, their investigation into license violations, they apparently were fine with the entire explosion part – has since been settled, according to a tweet from Wattles this week.
In the case of SN9, which also exploded While attempting to land during a high-altitude test earlier this month, the agency found that it “failed within the framework of the FAA’s safety analysis.” It should be noted that the FAA’s SN9 survey was a routine response to a mistake again as the type we saw on February 2nd.
“The FAA ended the investigation into the SpaceX Starship SN9 prototype crash on February 2 today, clearing the way for SN10 test flights pending FAA approval of license updates,” a Wattles agency spokesman said Friday. The FAA oversaw the SN9 accident investigation conducted by SpaceX. The SN9 vehicle failed within the limits of the FAA safety assessment. Its failed landing and explosion did not endanger the public or property. ”
WAfter these investigations are settled, SpaceX should be ready to launch its S10 prototype now, although some are guessing when it will be. When it ends with the launch, Musk has estimated that S10 has a 60% chance of success.
Not the worst odds I’ve ever seen. But if these spacecraft are to “help humanity return to the Moon and travel to Mars and beyond,” that claims the company, they really have to find out that all this is bursting into flames.