SpaceX has been trying to launch Starship SN9 for a high altitude test flight for over a week. Time and again they had to stand down.
Weather? Tweaks, repairs and component swapouts? We thought so, not no… turned out it was the bureaucrats at the FAA!
SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted:
“Unlike its aircraft division, which is fine, the FAA space division has a fundamentally broken regulatory structure. Their rules are meant for a handful of expendable launches per year from a few government facilities. Under those rules, humanity will never get to Mars.”
To illustrate its point Musk wheeled out the next vehicle, Starship SN10, and stood it next to SN9 — A government caused rocket traffic jam.
Safety first, absolutely, but President Biden should conduct a thorough investigation to find out what is holding the bureaucracy up and cut time-wasting red tape.
President Trump would have.