The SN9 was due to fly a few days ago, but SpaceX was denied the flight approval because the FAA said the company had not provided all documentation, and officials found the SN8 flight anomaly. The agency opened an investigation into this. In the case of SN9, the FAA is concerned that slight damage to a vehicle in the hangar could result in a tactile disaster. Then the vehicle would be a threat to local residents.
Meanwhile, the engineers transported a new prototype, designated SN10, to the second stand. Probably the SN9 will eventually fly in the days when SpaceX deals with the FAA, and if not, we will have to be patient and wait for the SN10 to pass cryogenic and static tests. After them, he will be able to make his first flight. We can expect the vehicle to be elevated approximately 20 kilometers above the site.
Elon Musk has been working in Boca Chica for several days. The richest man in the world has announced that he Blue Tech accelerating work on his key projects, namely the construction of the most powerful space transport system in history and new models of Tesla vehicles. Musk already lives in Austin, Texas, and is therefore increasingly visiting Boca Chica, where he travels on his private jet.
FAA statement on SpaceX's Starship SN9: "We will approve the modification only after we are satisfied that SpaceX has taken the necessary steps to comply with regulatory requirements." pic.twitter.com/rNCrUeNoEl
Starship is to be ready by the end of 2021. We can expect the first flight to the edge of space in the second half of this year. In addition to the Starship prototype, work is also underway on a powerful rocket called SuperHeavy. SpaceX plans the first flight of the entire system around the Moon in 2022. This year, a landing on the surface of the Silver Globe may also take place, and if not, it will be on the bank in 2023.