SpaceX Ignored FAA Warnings Before December Launch

SpaceX ignored multiple warnings from the Federal Aviation Administration before the launch of its Starship prototype in December, which the company was told would violate their launch license, The Verge reports.

The Verge notes that launch violations rarely occur in the aerospace industry despite the increased activity among private contractors. However, the outlet obtained confidential documents and letters that, according the Verge, “show how SpaceX prioritized speed over safety when launching on its own private rocket playground.”

Although SpaceX is under investigation, the FAA has not sanctioned the company for violating its launch license despite voicing criticism. 

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