The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy rocket program. After having gone through 75 conditions, the Spaceship program is finally approved for launch. However, there are certain limitations on the launches, including certain steps to limit environmental impacts.
According to a publication finding, the FAA stated there is no significant impact through these launches. However, the launches will have certain limitations. SpaceX tweeted, “One step closer to the first orbital flight test of Starship,”
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 13, 2022
In addition to the approval, it also states that the review doesn’t mean SpaceX has the vehicle operator license. It is contingent on the launch meeting FAA requirements of risk, safety, and financial responsibility. One of the limitations includes advanced notice of the launches. It will reduce the highway closure during launch operations.
Furthermore, it is said that the launches are not to take place on 18 identified holidays. The FAA is monitoring vegetation and wildlife, giving an advance notification prior would ensure the surroundings are prepared. Potential engine noise and sonic booms from the launch could be reduced or avoided. It would be adjusting the complex lightning to minimize wildlife impact. SpaceX has been working on making the Starship for years now.
Founder Elon Musk stated in February that he is “highly confident” that his new SpaceX Starship is built to reach the moon and Mars. This year, the Space company plans to launch the Starship into space for the first time.