The Federal Aviation Administration ruled on Friday that Elon Musk’s SpaceX should keep its Starship Super Heavy rocket off the ground because 63 corrective steps must be taken before the rocket can be authorised for another test flight.
The FAA has finished its investigation into the April launch, which resulted in the rocket exploding mid-flight.
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, stated in a post on X, which he now controls, on Tuesday that “Starship is ready to launch, pending FAA licence approval.”
The government stated in a statement sent via email that the final report “cites various root causes of the incident that occurred on April 20, 2023, and 63 corrective actions SpaceX must follow to prevent disaster reoccurrence.”
The corrective actions consist of “redesigning vehicle hardware to prevent leaks and fires, redesigning the launch pad to increase its robustness, incorporating additional reviews in the design process, additional analysis and testing of safety-critical systems and components, including the Autonomous Flight Safety System, and the application of additional change control practises.”