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Starship Super Heavy IFT2 Update

The second flight of a fully integrated Starship Super Heavy could launch as soon as November 17th, pending regulatory approval.
The FAA recently completed their safety review and is waiting on the U.S Fish And Wildlife review of the new deluge system.

On Oct. 19, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reinitiated Endangered Species Act consultation with the FAA. We have up to 135 days to issue an amended biological opinion but do not expect to take the full amount of time. Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, reinitiation of formal consultation is required when a project and its impacts change significantly, the amount of take issued previously is exceeded, we have new information on listed species not previously considered or a new species is listed.

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Falcon 9 Record Launch

SpaceX launched Falcon 9 Booster 1058 breaking yet another record as it made its 18th flight. The Starlink 6-26 mission was launched from Space Launch Complex 4 at Cape Canaveral at 8:37 p.m. EDT (0037 UTC on Nov. 4). 23 Starlink V2 Mini satellites were deployed in low Earth orbit. With Spacex’s extreme launch cadence they have added a total of 1,711 Starlink satellites this year. The oldest active booster landed on the droneship, ‘A Shortfall of Gravitas’ shortly after liftoff. Its first mission carried former NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on the Demo-2 mission in 2020.