The reviews are done—SpaceX is clear to launch Starship

SpaceX's Starship rocket on its launch pad in South Texas.

Enlarge / SpaceX’s Starship rocket on its launch pad in South Texas.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved a commercial launch license Wednesday for SpaceX to fly its second full-scale Starship rocket as soon as Friday, seven months after the giant vehicle’s first test flight.

“The FAA has given license authorization for the second launch of the SpaceX Starship Super Heavy vehicles,” the FAA said in a statement. “The FAA determined SpaceX met all safety, environmental, policy and financial responsibility requirements.”

The nearly 400-foot-tall rocket is scheduled to lift off from SpaceX’s privately owned Starbase spaceport in South Texas during a two-hour launch window opening at 7 am CT (13:00 UTC) Friday, shortly after sunrise on the Texas Gulf Coast. The weather forecast looks favorable for launch Friday morning, but the launch team will evaluate upper-level wind conditions throughout the countdown before giving the green light for liftoff.

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Author: Stephen Clark. [Source Link (*), Ars Technica – All content]


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