The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given permission to SpaceX to start testing the Starship rocket’s first orbit flight. Friday afternoon, the FAA gave SpaceX a license to launch the new rocket from South Texas. They said they made sure that SpaceX met all safety and space standards, as well as checked that they had enough money. This license is valid for 5 years!
SpaceX said that they plan to do an important test on Monday morning at 7AM in their local timezone. It is expected to be a perfect day for the launch with no wind and clear skies. If the launch does not end up happening on Monday, then SpaceX still has chances to try again on Tuesday or Wednesday.
To get to where they are now, SpaceX had to do a lot of work. The government also wanted them to be sure that the birds and other wildlife near the launch site wouldn’t get hurt. So the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asked SpaceX to complete 75 tasks for safety reasons. With those things checked, all that’s left is for SpaceX to make sure everything technical is alright so Starship can take off!