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FCC extends SpaceX’s communications license for Starship/Superheavy launch

The FCC tonight extended SpaceX’s communications license for Starship/Superheavy launch from December 1, 2023 to February 23, 2024.

Though there are a lot of rumors that Fish and Wildlife is about to approve the launch, which will allow the FAA to issue the actual launch license, this extension suggests SpaceX is covering its bets in case the approvals are further delayed, or if they are approved in November weather issues force a delay into December.

I remain pessimistic about a November launch, not because I don’t want it to happen (I do), but because I have no faith in the federal government’s desire to allow it to happen. The bureaucracy has now delayed this launch more than two months (SpaceX was ready to launch in September) and the politics continue to sugges the delays will continue.

Hat tip to BtB’s stringer Jay for the link.

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  • Jeff Wright

    Here is where you can put the doom-&-gloomers together…. Deepwater Horizon already made a mess of the Gulf….and if they are worried about space debris—getting a fully reusable chomper up there is the best way to clear debris from orbit….in that Starship will limit expendable Falcon upper stages.

    I think they felt they had to move.

  • With all of the resistance to launching at Boca Chica, I wonder what will be done to slow/stop Starship launches in Florida? I suspect that SpaceX’s competitors are behind some of the push on Federal Agencies and probably launder funds to the environmental groups who oppose SpaceX.

  • Trent Castanaveras

    SpaceX has now posted links on X and their website “upcoming launches” page showing Starship’s second orbital flight test for November 17th…

    With the caveat statement “pending final regulatory approval”

    Has FAA has issued a license?

    Just got free supercharging for a few months. Road trip anyone?

  • pzatchok

    Jeff the Deepwater horizon has been cleaned up by nature.
    The Gulf has a huge amount of petroleum eating bacteria because the Gulf has naturally occurring oil and methane seeps all over it

    Odd that you never hear about environmentalists trying to clean up and stop those problems.

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