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SpaceX’s first high-altitude test flight of its Starship rocket, which exploded last month while attempting to land after an otherwise successful test launch, violated the terms of its Federal Aviation Administration test license, Verge reported Friday, citing sources.
An investigation was launched this week that focused on the explosive landing and SpaceX’s refusal to adhere to FAA-approved conditions, the Verge said.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The spacecraft rocket destroyed in the accident was a 16-story prototype for the heavy-duty launcher developed by the billionaire company’s private space company Elon Musk, with which people and 100 tons of cargo are to be transported on future missions to the moon and Mars.
The self-guided missile exploded as it touched down on a landing pad after a controlled descent. The test flight was scheduled to reach an altitude of 41,000 feet, which was first powered by three newly developed Raptor engines from SpaceX.
But the company left it unclear whether the missile had flown that high.
The FAA said it will evaluate additional information SpaceX provided as part of its launch license change application.
“We will not approve the change until we are convinced that SpaceX has taken the necessary steps to meet the legal requirements,” said a statement.