SpaceX was seconds away from launching dozens of satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday, when the launch was suspended as the plane entered the launch zone.
The 24-hour delayed launch angered SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who tweeted that the rocket’s “no entry zone” was “too big.”
“There’s no way humanity can become a space civilization without major regulatory reforms,”; Musk tweeted after just a few minutes. “The current regulatory system is corrupted.”
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It’s the latest in a long-running feud between Musk and regulators. In December, the Federal Aviation Administration said SpaceX ignored several warnings from the agency when it launched Starship SN8, which it hoped would one day bring humans to Mars.
The FAA told FOX Business earlier this month that SpaceX had asked for a waiver to “Exceeding the maximum public risk allowed by federal safety regulations” but the request was denied.
Musk said in January that “The FAA’s space department has a fundamentally lacking governance structure.”
“Their rules are for a small annual cost release from some government facility,” Musk tweeted Jan. 28. Humanity will never reach Mars.”
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It’s not just the FAA that Musk has also tested the exchange. He hung up on the head of the National Transportation Safety Board in 2018 during a phone call about a fatal car accident involving the Tesla Model X, Bloomberg reported. And he made headlines with the Securities and Exchange Commission that same year when he tweeted about giving Tesla private.
Despite regulators, Musk tweeted in April that he agreed with them “99.9% of the time.”
“Sometimes we disagree,” Musk tweeted on April 27. “This is almost always because of new technologies that past regulations have not anticipated.”
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After the delay, SpaceX is planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday afternoon from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The rocket will bring 88 satellites into space for both private companies and government agencies. including three satellites for Starlink, which the company hopes will provide the world with high-speed internet.
Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to the report.