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Elon Musk says Starship should be ready for first orbital launch next month, ‘pending regulatory approval

Elon Musk says that it could be ready to make its first orbital flight attempt next month — provided it gets the regulatory sign-offs it needs.

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SpaceX test fires Starship as FAA reviews key license for first orbital launch

Elon Musk’s SpaceX completed two test firings of the engines on its Starship 20 prototype on Thursday.

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FAA did not accommodate SpaceX public hearing for Spanish speakers, say local residents

On Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held the second public comment hearing where they allowed anyone three minutes to comment on the environmental assessment of SpaceX’s operation.

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Supporters and opponents of SpaceX launch site air their concerns

The Federal Aviation Administration convened the first of two virtual public hearings on Monday evening to solicit public comments on SpaceX’s plan to launch its Starship rocket from South Texas.

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US extends environmental review for SpaceX program in Texas

The extension comes after federal and state agencies participating in the review made the request to extend the period for public input in the environmental assessment. SpaceX, the space company led by Elon Musk cannot launch the Starship/Super Heavy vehicle until the FAA completes its licensing process, which includes the environmental review.

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FAA clears Virgin Galactic after completing investigation of Branson’s spaceflight, stock jumps 10%

Virgin Galactic has made “required changes” to its communications during spaceflight operations, the FAA noted.

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FAA Opens the Door to Starbase

For months, Musk and the FAA have clashed, shutting down all StarBase related flight opportunities related to the Starship/Super Heavy rocket, the largest rocket ever built. From environmental impacts and protests to size regulations, the “gateway to Mars” has remained bolted shut, but the door may be opening ever so slightly.

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The FAA releases initial report on Boca Chica launches, and it’s not terrible

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FAA Invites Public to Comment on Draft Environmental Review of SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Program

The draft document, formally called a Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA), evaluates the potential environmental impacts of SpaceX’s initial mission profile for the program, including launch and reentry. It also reviews debris recovery, the integration tower and other launch-related construction, and local road closures in Boca Chica, among other issues.

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FAA Bans Virgin Galactic Spaceflights

The FAA announced the grounding of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo vehicle until there’s a completed investigation regarding the vehicle’s July 11th flight which resulted in the vehicle flying outside of its designated airspace over Spaceport America, New Mexico.

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The Red Warning Light on Richard Branson’s Space Flight

The F.A.A. is investigating the ship’s off-course descent.

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Who’s an astronaut? FAA weighs in on a murky issue for suborbital space travelers

New guidelines by the FAA suggest that astronaut wings can go only to crew members on a licensed spacecraft who contribute to flight safety and rise above the 50-mile altitude mark.