After the defiance of the FONE During its last test flight in December, the company received clearance but failed to hold the landing

On Tuesday came a test flight of SpaceX’s spaceship, a giant, next-generation spaceship that Elon Musk, the founder and executive director of the private rocket company, dreams of shipping to Mars one day in an explosive ending

That short flight to an altitude of about 6 miles and then back to a landing site again seemed to demonstrate how the mammoth missile would tip over on its side if it fell back to a landing in a controlled belly flop

But when the prototype fired its engines to bring itself back into a vertical orientation, one engine did not seem to ignite properly, and Starship landed at an angle on the ground, disintegrating in a fireball, leaving a cloud of smoke on the Boca test site Chica, Tex, near Brownsville

The end was similar to the last test flight in December, which also ended in an explosion upon landing, although the particular cause of the missile not slowing down sufficiently was possibly different

Last week, SpaceX and the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates rocket launches, appeared to be in a strange regulatory conflict, SpaceX had filled the fuel tanks on this prototype of Starship is it the ninth? and looked ready to take off. But then the missile stayed on the ground when no approval from the FONE has arrived

Mr Expressing his frustration on Twitter, Musk described the part of the FONE that SpaceX monitors as “fundamentally broken” â ????

Mr Musk wrote, “Your rules are for a handful of consumable starts per year from some government agencies”According to these rules, humanity will never get to Marsâ ????

Late Monday the FEINEIN gave permission to launch on Tuesday, but then added that the launch occurred in December without the agency’s approval, SpaceX had requested a waiver of that flight, even though it posed a greater danger to the public than this legally admissible was The FEINEIN refused the request SpaceX defied the judgment and started anyway

The FONE statement indicated the agency was dissatisfied with SpaceX’s defiance. Even if Starship landed perfectly, the unauthorized launch was a violation of the company’s license

SpaceX has been instructed to investigate and report on this series of events and cease testing that could endanger the public until the company makes changes that satisfied the agency

In his statement, the FONE SpaceX complied with the safety regulations and gave the green light to this test flight

Mr Musk’s company has grown successful in the launch business and is now one of the most valuable private companies in the world The Falcon 9 rockets have become a dominant workhorse for launching satellites into orbit It routinely transports cargo to the International Space Station and has NASA there twice in 2020 -Astronauts raised More trips are planned this year

However, many are skeptical of Mr. Musk’s claim that the company is only a few years away from sending a spaceship to Mars, stating that he has repeatedly set schedules for SpaceX that have proven far too optimistic about how quickly they came about

When he released an update on the development of Starship in 2019, he said that an altitude test would take place within months and that orbital flights could take place in early 2020

Instead, multiple catastrophic failures have occurred due to faulty welding when the fuel tanks stopped bursting, one of the prototypes made a brief successful flight in September The earlier Starship model, which resembled an aerosol can with the label removed, nearly rose on a single rocket engine 500 feet up before settling in the test site in Texas

Jared Zambrano-Stout, former officer of the FONEIN The Commercial Space Transportation Bureau said he was stunned when he saw the agency’s testimony about SpaceX

“SpaceX appears to have violated your launch license and it appears to have had no effect,” he said

Mr Zambrano-Stout, who is now director of congressional and regulatory policy at Meeks, Butera, and Israel, a Washington law firm, said he was unaware of any other cases where the FEINEIN had refused a startup license or where a company was started without the approval of the FEIN

“It is important for people to understand that the FAA’s job is not to prevent launches from occurring,” he said they are dealing with licensingâ ????

The agency’s job is to ensure the safety of what it calls the “innocent public” on???? People not involved with SpaceX or its launch so that someone just walking around or sitting at home doesn’t get injured or killed if something goes wrong

â ???? I think it would be really hard to come up with an example of where the FONE stopped SpaceX from doing what it wanted to do ???? Prior to the December incident, Mr. Said Zambrano-Stout

As SpaceX continues development of Starship, it has already launched three more rockets this year.A mission, Transporter-1, launched on Sunday and carried 133 commercial and government spacecraft (as well as 10 of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites) The launch marked SpaceX’s entry into the business known as ridesharing, where numerous customers pay a fraction of the cost of a trip to orbit

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Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/02/science/spacex-starship-launch.html