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FAA approves next three Starship test flights with prototype #15

Capitalism in space: In a statement today the FAA announced that it has approved next three test flights of SpaceX’s Starship prototype #15.

From the statement:

The FAA has authorized the next three launches or the SpaceX Starship prototype. The agency approved multiple launches because SpaceX is making few changes on the launch vehicle and relied on the FAA’s approved methodology to calculate the risk to the public. The FAA authorized the launches on Wednesday, April 28.

This likely means that SpaceX will try a flight tomorrow.

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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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3 comments

  • Doubting Thomas

    The tea leaves are mixed for launch:

    Currently (midnight Central) weather in Boca Chica calls for thunderstorms and heavy rain through Sunday.

    Highway 4 has a road closure secondary date of April 30 8 am to 5 pm Central

    Mary (Boca Chica Gal) who lives in Boca Chica Village at ~ 6 pm April 29th said she had not yet received an evacuation notice. Cameron county generally frowns on notices with less than 24 hours lead time on notification. As warm weather approaches, Cameron County dislikes closing the one road to the beach on the weekends (but has done so in the past).

    Elon is in a hurry but several people are predicting Monday most likely (Sunny and warm). We will see.

  • Trent Castanaveras

    Per NasaSpaceFlight, the road is closed and the current forecast shows that the weather will likely improve throughout the day. NSF webcast is live, although SN15 is not likely to launch for hours yet today, if at all:

    https://youtu.be/rXG7W7skekw

  • Trent Castanaveras

    Closure cancelled. No flight today.

    https://www.cameroncounty.us/spacex/

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