Elon Musk’s SpaceX Said to Violate Its Launch License in Explosive Starship Test: Report

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, the Verge reported on Friday, citing sources.

An investigation was opened that week focusing on the explosive landing and on SpaceX’s refusal to stick to the terms of what the US FAA authorised, the Verge said.

SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Starship rocket destroyed in the accident was a 16-storey-tall prototype for the heavy-lift launch vehicle being developed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s private space company to carry humans and 100 tons of cargo on future missions to the moon and Mars.

The self-guided rocket blew up as it touched down on a landing pad following a controlled descent. The test flight had been intended to reach an altitude of 41,000 feet, propelled by three of SpaceX’s newly developed Raptor engines for the first time.

But the company left unclear whether the rocket had flown that high.

The US FAA said it would evaluate additional information provided by SpaceX as part of its application to modify its launch license.

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Trucking companies drive slowly into new tech, but it can help streamline shipping

Capgemini rep says new trends include last-mile drones, route optimization, and robots.

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TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Vikas Shetty, client partner at Capgemini, an IT consulting business, about trucking logistics and the use of artificial intelligence (AI). The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Vikas Shetty: If I talk about all logistics overall, it has been used right from the planning phase to the last-mile delivery. Within this entire section, just to give you an example, in planning space for demand forecasting or to find a particular trend, like around weather and all business-to-business runs. All those trends for that, AI has been used extensively. Some of the new trends which we are seeing, if I have to say specific to trucking and logistics, it’s like the last-mile delivery using AI drones, which is still in a very early stage but there will be adoption in near future. There will be a much bigger adoption for that. The other part is warehouse automation. A lot of big players in the market have already started using robots as part of the AI thing.

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