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Competitors resent SpaceX's plans to launch Starship

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul7,2024

Competitors were outraged by the plans SpaceX to launch Starship

SpaceX's ambitious plans to launch its colossal Starship rocket off the coast of Florida have sparked a battle with competitors – United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin. Both companies have raised concerns with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), asking them to limit the frequency of Starship launches and operations to reduce “potential disruptions and safety risks”.

Blue Origin, led by Jeff Bezos, has proposed limiting the number of launches and test trials, highlighting concerns about the environmental impact and logistical challenges associated with the Starship's enormous size. ULA supported those concerns, citing potential threats to nearby launch operations and contractual obligations to launch military satellites.

As SpaceX prepares environmental impact assessments for its Starship launch activities, media reports say the tension “emphasizes the difficulty of expanding launch capabilities in conditions of overcrowding of spaceports”.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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