The explosion of Elon Musk's Starship rocket has caused a lot of reactions. The American authorities have decided to stop any new test, and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) will conduct a thorough investigation.
Despite this, Elon Musk is not giving up and warns that it is only a matter of months before he tries again. He said on Twitter that “(That it happened) is something that was more or less what was expected.” “It may have slightly exceeded my expectations. Obviously it wasn't a complete success, but it was still a success,” he added.
U.S. authorities investigate Starship explosion
The explosion of the Starship rocket quickly raised concern among U.S. authorities, who decided to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. The FAA said it would investigate the Starship incident, said in a statement. “An anomaly occurred during ascent and prior to stage separation, resulting in the loss of the vehicle.”
The Starship rocket attempted its first orbital flight using 30 engines instead of the planned three, and that eventually led to the rocket's explosion. The FAA said it would investigate the incident to “protect the public during launch and re-entry operations of commercial space transports.”
Environmental groups sue FAA over SpaceX
But the problems don't end there for Elon Musk and SpaceX. Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the FAA over SpaceX's Texas launch license. The groups claim the April 20 explosion is the latest of at least nine explosive mishaps at SpaceX's Boca Chica base.
It disrupts a federally protected wildlife refuge and vital habitat for migratory birds. “Noise, light pollution, construction, and road traffic also degrade the area, which is home to endangered ocelots and jaguarundis, as well as nesting sites for endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles and critical habitat for endangered shorebirds,” the lawsuit adds.
In conclusion, Elon Musk remains determined despite the obstacles and criticism. U.S. authorities continue to investigate the Starship rocket explosion, and environmental groups are suing the FAA over SpaceX. SpaceX's future remains uncertain, but Elon Musk isn't giving up.