Starship: Date of Second Launch Still Unclear

Image (Credit): April 20, 2023 launch of the Starship. (SpaceX)

We know that the April 20th Starship launch did a fair amount of damage to the Boca Chica, Texas launch site, so no one expected a second attempt in 30 days.

Now SpaceX is proposing a second launch as early as June 15, but asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a 6-month window just to be safe. Why the FCC? The Observer reports that the rocket is being billed as a satellite launcher for now.

We are still awaiting the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) “mishap” investigation report on Starship’s earlier failure mid flight. All Starship launches have been halted until the investigation is complete.

SpaceX will also need some time to repair the launch facility. Hopefully, it plans to water-cool the engine blast this time. Once is folly, but twice is mismanagement.

You can find the FCC application here.