SpaceX Starship the second possible launch this week, CEO Elon Musk says
Starship will launch for the first time on its Super Heavy booster from Texas on April 20, 2023.
SpaceX is pushing hard to launch the second space flight of its Starship rocket this week.
CEO Elon Musk said the company will receive its federal launch permit in the coming days, the final hurdle before a second attempt. The company has been awaiting the completion of a federal environmental review led by the Federal Aviation Administration and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
“I have been told that launch clearance should happen in time for Friday’s launch,” Musk said in a social media post Monday night.
Musk did not specify who notified him of the pending regulatory approval, and SpaceX did not respond to CNBC’s request for clarification.
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The FAA spokeswoman delayed SpaceX “regarding Elon Musk’s social posts,” noting that the agency has had no updates since the October 31 announcement. property – of SpaceX’s Starship license. At the time the environmental review by FWS was ongoing.
A request for comment to the FWS office in Texas returned an automated response indicating that at least some representatives for the office are at a staff retreat by Thursday.