The YouTuber recorded himself entering a SpaceX rocket factory in southern Texas last month, being able to fly freely on the site. None of the security systems stopped him from wandering around the bottom of the SN11, a 16-story high-prototype rocket that would launch and detonate a few days later.
The video was posted on a small YouTube channel called Loco VlogS run by “Caesar”. Caesar did not respond to multiple emails and DMs seeking comment.
For space enthusiasts, SpaceX’s sprawling rocket campus in Texas, just a few miles north of Rio Grande, is a tantalizing rocket museum, recently set up in open air, featuring multi-million-dollar technology that SpaceX. Some have proposed that the Air Force and NASA have no towering walls or advanced security, one would expect the company to have to protect sensitive rocket hardware. (And potentially dangerous)
The development of the spacecraft, at the heart of Elon Musk̵7;s goal of crossing humans and cargo to the Moon and Mars, was partially aided by a $ 135 million NASA contract to aid the design under the Human Systems program. Agency’s Lunar Landing
“NASA takes safety and security very seriously,” said agency spokeswoman Monica Witt. “The Human Landing System contract includes a requirement for contractors to properly protect data, software and hardware, SpaceX informed. NASA knew they were investigating the incident. “
Caesar got into the rocket space and seemed to easily move around SpaceX’s hardware and gear, recording a close-up shot of the Starship SN11’s Raptor engine.The video received five likes and at least dislikes. 100 times, including comments from angry SpaceX fans before he deleted the video, according to the other YouTube accounts that kept the video. In the classic YouTube movement, Caesar posted a video of apology a few days later, on April 1.
“Yeah, it’s wrong, yeah, it’s illegal,” he said in the video, apologizing, “but in my eyes at the time I didn’t really think about it … What came to my mind was that. ‘Okay, I won’t get this chance again,’ so I went to look for it. And this happened “
Federal Aviation Administration , Which controls the launch and launch of public safety infrastructure, said it was aware of the video and led to SpaceX’s attention.. “Physical security at the launch site is essential to ensuring public safety,” a spokesperson said. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.
The site had similar security issues before, in 2019, a SpaceX fan was arrested after posting a picture of himself near another Starship prototype on social media.