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SpaceX Might Face A Fine of $175k For Starlink Paperwork Blunder

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SpaceX Might Face A Fine of $175k For Starlink Paperwork Blunder

America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has threatened SpaceX with a fine of $175k for not sharing documents on Starlink’s collision risk before flying the first lot of Starlink satellites in space last year.

The documents on launch collision analysis were crucial for the agency to analyze the probability and risk of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 crashing into one of the thousand tracked objects revolving around the Earth’s orbit.

In a statement released on Friday, FAA claimed that “SpaceX was required to submit the data to the agency at least seven days prior to an attempted launch.”

In another report, the FAA revealed that although it had received and reviewed some information before the launch, they were not in accordance with its regulations. The officials didn’t elucidate further, but it’s possible that SpaceX might have submitted some data to the agency.

SpaceX Gets 30 Days to State Its Case

The FAA later sent an enforcement letter to SpaceX stating that the maximum civil penalty for the violation of their rules is $262,666. But after reviewing the case more thoroughly, the officials decided to negotiate a lower fine of $175k.

SpaceX will also have the opportunity to state its case in an informal conference with the FAA’s attorney.

The case documents will later be independently reviewed by the FAA alone.

SpaceX has 30 days to respond to the enforcement letter. Neither CEO Elon Musk nor any other official from SpaceX was available for comment.

FAA is yet to release if it’s a one-time mistake pertaining to a particular launch or a mission-wide issue.

SpaceX has been launching groups of its Starlink satellites one after the other. Under the Starlink Group 4-27 mission, it had already sent 53 satellites into space, bringing the tidal count of rocket launches in the last year to 61— a new record for the company.

This isn’t the first time the company has been under fire for violation of FAA regulations.

In 2020, SpaceX was found guilty of violating FAA’s launch guidelines after they failed to provide key details regarding the blast radius of the giant Starship rocket’s prototype. These details are used by the FAA to analyze the range of impact in case of collision or blast.

In 2021, SpaceX was also found guilty of violating Starship license requirements which led to the FAA mandating the presence of an FAA safety inspector during every launch at their Boca chica launch facility.

The year seems to have started on a rough note for CEO Elon Musk. On one hand, his company SpaceX is under fire from the FAA, and on the other hand, Tesla’s biggest nemesis— The Dawn Project— launched a full-fledged campaign during the Super Bowl against Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) system. In both cases, there wasn’t any official comment released.

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Krishi Chowdhary Journalist

Krishi Chowdhary Journalist

Krishi is an eager Tech Journalist and content writer for both B2B and B2C, with a focus on making the process of purchasing software easier for businesses and enhancing their online presence and SEO.

Krishi has a special skill set in writing about technology news, creating educational content on customer relationship management (CRM) software, and recommending project management tools that can help small businesses increase their revenue.

Alongside his writing and blogging work, Krishi's other hobbies include studying the financial markets and cricket.

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