Federal agency failed to weigh possible environmental impacts of SpaceX rocket launch, lawsuit claims
Environmental groups claim the Federal Aviation Administration let SpaceX do its own environmental assessment before its rocket self-destructed above the Texas coast and debris rained down over a wide area.
Fog obscures SpaceX’s test of Starship SN 11
BOCHA CHICA, Texas – SpaceX chalked up another failed landing Tuesday for its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship, as the prototype Mars rocket broke apart right before touchdown. A camera on the rocket froze not quite six minutes into the test flight, and dense fog in South Texas obscured views of the ruptured rocket. This was the fourth full-scale stainless steel model to launch since December to an altitude of more than 6 miles (10 kilometers). “Another exciting test, as we say,” SpaceX launch commentator John Insprucker said as he concluded the webcast. Final view of SN11 in the air:➡️https://t.co/Q2p3q1HS0i pic.twitter.com/PNJta9svkA — Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) March 30, 2021SpaceX plans to use Starship to send astronauts and cargo to the moon and, ultimately, Mars.
SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test
In this image from video made available by SpaceX, one of the company's Starship prototypes fires its thrusters as it lands during a test in Boca Chica, Texas, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Two previous test flights crash-landed in fireballs. The shiny bullet-shaped rocketship remained intact this time at touchdown, prompting SpaceX commentator John Insprucker to declare, “third time’s a charm as the saying goes” before SpaceX ended its webcast of the test. One day, the true measure of success will be that Starship flights are commonplace.”Musk plans to use Starships to send people to the moon and Mars. Each of these last three test flights lasted 6 1/2 minutes.
WATCH: SpaceX Starship SN 10 explodes moments after successful landing during test flight
HOUSTON – SpaceX’s prototype Starship SN 10 rocket launched successfully Wednesday during a test flight but exploded moments after a soft landing. So.... congrats and also RIP 🤷♂️😂 bye bye SN10, congrats on making history!!!! @spacex @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/FkDTa9ISRi — Everyday Astronaut (@Erdayastronaut) March 3, 2021The starship lifted off from SpaceX’s launch pad in Boca Chica, TX at approximately 5:13 p.m. The rocket flew to an altitude of about 10 kilometers before returning and completing a soft landing. Moments after touching down on the landing pad, the rocket burst into flames.
VIDEO: SpaceX Starship SN 9 explodes while landing during successful test flight in Boca Chica
BOCA CHICA, Texas – SpaceX’s Starship SN 9 exploded Tuesday while landing during a test flight at the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Despite the spectacular end, SpaceX said it considers the test to be a success because of the data that they were able to collect. “So all told, another great (flight) and a reminder: this is a test flight, the second time we’ve launched Starship in this configuration,” Insprucker said. Starship SN 10 sits on another pad in Boca Chica awaiting its maiden flight. You can watch a replay of the test flight below:
Test flight of SpaceX's Starship aborted at last second
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The first high-altitude test flight of SpaceX’s futuristic Starship was aborted at the last second in Texas on Tuesday. SpaceX came close to launching a prototype of the rocketship that company chief Elon Musk is designing to carry people to Mars. SpaceX already has conducted five Starship test flights, but these earlier, simpler models have gone no higher than 490 feet (150 meters.) SpaceX has taken over Boca Chica in the far southeastern corner of Texas, near the Mexican border, to build and test its Starships. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
SpaceX aborts first attempt of Starship SN8′s high-altitude test flight
BOCA CHICA, Texas – Space fans will just have to wait another day after SpaceX aborted its first attempt at a high-altitude test flight for its SN8 Starship Prototype in Boca Chica on Tuesday. Starship SN8 is expected to fly more than 41,000 feet into the air, do a now-iconic bellyflop or skydiving-like maneuver and then correct itself just before landing on the launchpad. The spacecraft is a two-stage vehicle that founder Elon Musk hopes will one day take as many as 100 people to Mars. It’s the first Starship to be fully outfitted with a nosecone and flaps. You can watch a replay of the first attempt below.
What is unique about SpaceX’s Starship SN8 high-altitude flight?
BOCA CHICA, Texas – Another week of waiting in Boca Chica as the SpaceX’s Starship SN8 prototype sits on the launchpad for more than two months now, which is the longest amount of time for any Starship prototype. SpaceX confirmed it will attempt to launch its Starship prototype for its first high-altitude flight Tuesday. Starship is the two-stage vehicle system that founder Elon Musk hopes will one day take as many as 100 people to Mars. South Texas is at the center of it all with the Starship manufacturing and launch facility right there in Boca Chica. Many people will head to Isla Blanca Park in South Padre Island to watch the Starship SN8 launch.
Space enthusiasts continue to wait for SpaceX’s Starship SN8 41,000-foot flight
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Space enthusiasts have to wait another few days to potentially see SpaceX’s Mars-bound vehicle pass a now 12.5km flight test. As soon as next week, the Starship SN8 prototype is expected to make a 41,010-foot flight at SpaceX’s launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas. In the latest documents filed with the FAA, there is a temporary flight restriction (TFR) filed with the FAA for a 12.5km flight. “It’s just so cool how those things line up together,” Staci Norton, Bret Norton’s wife, said. Staci Norton said the space program is inspiring the younger generation.
2 Port Isabel retirees unexpectedly get front row seat to SpaceX history
Doug Kinne and his wife, Anna Kinne, are the second generation of Kinnes to retire at their seaside cottage in a quaint, fishing town. “Being that we are five miles away, you’ll see the flash and then you hear it in about four or five seconds,” Doug Kinne said. “Baby Boom, Mama Boom and Papa Boom Bay!” Anna Kinne laughed. “I was like ‘Okay, this is just getting better!’” Doug Kinne said. “This energy has brought all that back and more,” Doug Kinne said.
Houstonian creates ultimate space Airbnb in Boca Chica
One Houstonian experienced this first-hand and turned his own vision into reality -- creating the ultimate space pad Airbnb for many space enthusiasts to rent. However, 400 miles away in the rugged terrain of Boca Chica, just 8 miles from the SpaceX Launch Facility, he’s managed to create the ultimate space lover’s experience, Rocket Ranch. The multi-room ranch has a full-kitchen, coffeeroom area, living room and outside amenities, filled with decor space enthusiasts would appreciate. Photos of different planets, milestone space exploration achievements and touches of trivial space gadgets fill the space. This all started when he went to see a SpaceX launch at the Cape.
SpaceX successfully completes Starship SN5 prototype’s maiden 150-meter hop test
BOCA CHICA – SpaceX successfully completed its highly-anticipated Starship SN5 prototype’s 150-meter hop test at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility Tuesday. Workers continue to build and test Starship prototypes, a spacecraft designed for long-term spaceflight. After the Starship SN5 prototype cleared a major test Thursday, the static fire. All have been waiting to see what would be a truly remarkable hop test. In Monday evening’s attempt, SpaceX founder and Chief Engineer, Elon Musk, said a Raptor engine spin-valve was to blame.
SpaceX expects to attempt Starship 150m hop test
For now, workers continue to build and test Starship prototypes. The SN5 prototype has passed previous major tests, including a static fire which, after several attempts, successfully completed Thursday, giving the green light for the next major test, the 150m hop. Sometime Tuesday, this Boca Chica community expects to see the Starship vehicle “hop” for the very first time. If successful, a successful SN5 Starship prototype hop would be a landmark first for SpaceX. In August of 2019, SpaceX successfully did this same test with a mini version of Starship called “Starhopper.” Then the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, tweeted “Water towers can fly!”