SpaceX’s Starship rocket has received a launch permit from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after passing a comprehensive evaluation process. The FAA confirmed that SpaceX met all safety, environmental, policy, payload, airspace integration, and financial responsibility requirements, permit is valid for five years.
Last month, SpaceX completed the first full static fire test of the Starship, and the company has now announced that it is targeting April 17 for the first flight test of a fully integrated Starship and Super Heavy rocket from Starbase in Texas. However, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has previously said that the first orbital mission of the Starship is essentially a coin toss, with a 50% success rate. If the test flight fails, the $3 billion spacecraft is likely to be scrapped.
To ensure a smooth launch, SpaceX will conduct a launch rehearsal followed by a comprehensive flight test of the B7 Starship rocket and S24 spacecraft. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting development!