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The Federal Aviation Administration's "written reevaluation" is SpaceX's ticket to launching orbital-class Starship prototypes from Boca Chica, Texas.
The FAA made SpaceX boost its accident insurance 33-fold, to $100 million, before Starhopper’s last launch. Here’s why.
The Federal Aviation Administration is supposed to keep the public safe, yet also help private companies like SpaceX. Insurance helps bridge the gap.
SpaceX’s Starhopper rocket ship soars nearly 500 feet over South Texas — a key step in Elon Musk’s quest to reach Mars
Starhopper also used its single Raptor rocket engine to fly over to a beachside landing pad a few hundred feet away and gently touch down.
SpaceX's prototype rocket Starhopper aborted its test flight Monday with less than a second left on the countdown.
Police sent explosion warnings to residents near SpaceX’s South Texas launch site ahead of an experimental rocket flight
Sheriffs gave a notice to residents of Boca Chica on Saturday that warns an "overpressure event" may break windows, so they should vacate their homes.
SpaceX may ‘cannibalize’ its first Mars rocket-ship prototype in Elon Musk’s race to launch Starship
Starhopper is a stubby rocket-ship test vehicle that Elon Musk's company SpaceX built in Texas. But after a few flights, its work may be done.
SpaceX’s launch of an experimental rocket ship set fire to about 100 acres of wildlife refuge in south Texas
The fires started by Starhopper, a prototype Mars rocket, initially seemed to be extinguished, but the flames rekindled and spread overnight.
The first true flight of the Starhopper vehicle lasted just a few seconds, but it's a key step in developing a rocket ship able to reach Mars.
‘Water towers can fly’: Elon Musk posts videos of his Mars spaceship hopping during major test flight
Elon Musk tweeted a video of Starhopper's flight from a camera mounted just above the vehicle's engine.
Before Elon Musk can build a city on Mars, he needs a ship to get there. SpaceX plans to launch the first prototype on Wednesday.