On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a license for SpaceX to launch the first orbital test of Starship, the largest rocket in human history, as soon as this Monday, April 17th. I predict this will be a foolish and reckless decision, and impacts from even a nominal launch could prove catastrophic and significantly worse than presented to the public.
Thank you for this. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I take my kids all the time to Brownsville. My kids go to field trips there all the time too.
Now I fear for their safety. I don't think the Cameron County government and the Texas State government can be trusted from now on. If either of my kids get injured, or even die, because of their dangerous and irresponsible tests, it will be difficult for me to seek justice for them. This greed over human lives mentality needs to stop.
I'll trust NASA, but SpaceX and Tesla have both proven that they're not trustworthy. Hell, most corporations prove they're not trustworthy on the daily.
Sad. We expect our government to simply enforce laws that are there for the benefit of all only to see them ignore the duty and the harm that will be caused. Super frustrating. Also frustrating that the average American would have no idea of the issues you just presented let alone care.
It sickens me that so many still think fElon is a hero figure.
Like you predicted, the facility got basically destroyed today. The tanks are dented, rocks where thrown around and even concrete rained on the city nearby
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The intentional destruction of habitat and inherent danger to wildlife is simply criminal. The fact that SpaceX is not being held responsible is a dereliction of duty by the FAA, FWS & EPA. Boca Chica was a pristine corner of Texas. We would got to South Padre several times a year, but we have stopped going since Musk showed up.
All the Starship missions can be launched from Complex 39A. But the new Florida Starship launch pad, located right next to the Apollo Saturn launch pad at 39A, is grossly inadequate. It should be completely redesigned. Even better, construct a new launch complex for Starship. Call it "LC 39C." The current starship pad under construction is dangerously close to the Artemis launch pad. Build LC 39C several miles away, just in case there is a catastrophic explosion. There is plenty of real estate at KSC.
We have to factor in the multiple benefits that SpaceX provides to the US. International prestige. The Starlink system. The capability to quickly reconstitute our communication satellites in the event of international conflict. Pride of Hispanics who are working to build the incredible Boca facility.
My concern is SpaceX is being forced to gamble on the success of this single, huge advance in capability launch. SpaceX was advancing with close to a monthly cadence of test launches until the Biden admin took over. Would be better to first show that the super heavy booster can go up and return intact. Do that over and over, to increasing heights and with larger payloads.
I appreciate your concerns. I am a SpaceX fan, and read your Stack to get a broader picture of the impact of the launch site. I share some of your concerns. The deluge system/flame divert is bring built, which should mitigate some of the noise. Boca was always meant to be a development site, and they are now building a pad at 39. Let's trust that cooler heads prevail and the impact is limited. Thanks
No one cares about noise with all the cars and trucks with muffler and cat "delete" nobody cares the goal is to annoy people in a passive-aggressive way to spread hatred. Its destructive and attractive to people who want to destroy themselves and others
This video shows there is a Deluge System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsqBYJd56Ko&ab_channel=NASASpaceflight