WASHINGTON: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a license to Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch the company’s Starship and heavy-lift rocket from Texas, Western media reported on Wednesday.
According to reports SpaceX is planning to launch the ship on Friday alarming local residents of a loud noise during the rocket’s launching.
FAA SpaceX in a statement said that the SpaceX has met all safety, environmental, policy and financial requirements.
SpaceX first tried to send Starship to space in April, however the rocket exploded mid-air four minutes after a liftoff. Despite the incident SpaceX’s CEO and founder, Elon Musk, hailed the ship launch attempt.
Starship represents SpaceX’s next-generation rocket system
Starship, is taller than Statue of Liberty at 394 feet and designed to be fully reusable. It represents SpaceX’s next-generation rocket system capable of carrying 150 tons of satellites into space.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 15, 2023
The company plans to use the system to carry crews of humans on to the moon, and also Mars.
The rocket is vital for SpaceX’s dominant launch business. NASA under a $4 billion contract with SpaceX is planning to use Starship to land the first crew of humans on the moon’s surface since 1972 by around 2026.
After April’s failure, SpaceX made fixes to the rocket’s design. The FAA asked SpaceX to make dozens of changes before permitting another Starship flight.