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FAA ends Starship mishap investigation; SpaceX required to take 63 corrective actions

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday morning that it has closed the mishap investigation into SpaceX's first Starship orbital launch attempt, which ended in the spacecraft exploding over the Gulf of Mexico about four minutes after launch from the company's Boca Chica Beach facility on April 20.

US sues SpaceX, alleging discrimination against hiring asylees and refugees

Elon Musk's SpaceX discriminated against asylees and refugees by discouraging them from applying for jobs and by refusing to consider or hire them because of their citizenship status, the Justice Department alleges in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

SpaceX submits mishap report: FAA to decide ‘corrective actions’ after launch fail

Four months after SpaceX’s first orbital flight test of Starship-Super Heavy ended in a high-altitude explosion over the Gulf of Mexico, the company has submitted a mishap report to the Federal Aviation Administration on what went wrong.

Cowen delivers first presentation as mayor of Brownsville

John Cowen Jr. delivered his first presentation as mayor of Brownsville on June 30 for “Friday with the City,” an event put on by the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and the city, which took place at the Brownsville Events Center.

NASA predicts delay: Starship grounded pending investigation

According to a senior NASA official, the agency’s goal of returning astronauts to the moon for the first time in more than 50 years may be delayed yet again due to the Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation into the midair explosion of a SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy on April 20.

Musk talks April 20 launch: Says flight should have ended sooner

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, in an April 29 “Twitter Spaces” conversation with followers, discussed aspects of the April 20 orbital launch attempt from Boca Chica of Starship SN24/Super Heavy BN7, the largest, most powerful rocket ever to have flown.

FAA sued over SpaceX: Lawsuit follows April 20 launch

A group of national and local environmental organizations on Monday filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration for allegedly “failing to fully analyze and mitigate the environmental harms resulting from the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy launch program at Boca Chica.”

Launch pad destroyed: Concrete rubble lands on Boca Chica Beach

SpaceX appears to have seriously miscalculated how well its orbital launch pad would hold up during the inaugural launch of its Starship-Super Heavy from Boca Chica/Starbase on April 20.

FAA investigating Starship explosion

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating the explosion over the Gulf of Mexico of SpaceX’s uncrewed Starship-Super Heavy following the launch from Boca Chica/Starbase on April 20.

Historic launch: Starship test deemed success despite explosion

On Thursday, the tallest, most powerful rocket ever to fly lifted off from SpaceX’s Boca Chica/Starbase launch site 22 miles east of Brownsville as the crow flies, reaching an altitude of approximately 26 miles and a speed of more than 1,340 mph before exploding over the Gulf of Mexico three minutes and 59 seconds into the flight — a success, in other words, from SpaceX’s perspective.