The Federal Aviation Administration is threatening to fine SpaceX $175,000 for failing to provide accurate advance information about a Starlink launch scheduled for August 2022 and its potential to collide with orbital debris.
The FAA stated in a statement on Friday that “SpaceX was required to submit the data to the agency at least seven days prior to an attempted launch.”
After receiving the enforcement letter, the business, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., has 30 days to reply to the organisation. In response to a request for comment, SpaceX took some time to respond.
Elon Musk’s rocket company has been regularly launching batches of satellites to complete its enormous Starlink internet-from-space project. More than 3,500 Starlink satellites are in orbit thanks to the company. It performed an unprecedented 61 orbital launches last year, including a significant number for Starlink.
This is not the first time that SpaceX has violated FAA launch guidelines. According to the Verge, the company violated the terms of its FAA launch licence in 2020 when it sent a prototype of its Starship rocket on a high-altitude test flight. Upon landing, the craft exploded.