SpaceX Starship gets US FAA nod to launch 4th test flight

Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
NEW YORK, 8th June.
Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX on Friday has received approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration to launch the fourth test flight of the Starship vehicle.

The 400-foot-tall Starship rocket with the Heavy booster is expected to fly from SpaceX’s Starbase facility near Boca Chica Beach in South Texas on June 6 with the licence issued on Tuesday.

“SpaceX met all safety and other licensing requirements for this test flight,” stated FAA officials.

SpaceX CEO Musk announced that “The @SpaceX Starship launch tomorrow morning will be live-streamed exclusively on X!”

The fourth flight test looks to “achieve orbit to demonstrate the ability to return and reuse Starship and Super Heavy”, the company said in a blog post.

Musk congratulated Boeing-NASA’s first human flight to space carrying Indian-origin Sunita Williams and Butch Wilmore, both NASA astronauts.

“Congratulations on a successful launch!” he posted on X.

It noted that both Boeing and SpaceX signed a contract with NASA’s Commercial Crew Programme to fly operational missions to and from the space station with Starliner in 2014.

The Boeing launched its maiden flight, SpaceX’s Dragon capsules have been launched astronauts to space on its Falcon 9 rockets since 2020.

Boeing’s Starliner and SpaceX’s Dragon will be used to carry astronauts and cargo for NASA missions to the low Earth orbit, Moon, Mars, and beyond.

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